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New England Carousel Museum

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Address: 95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010-6390
Phone Number: +1 860-585-5411
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

This 33,000 sq. ft. restored hosiery factory is the home of the New England...

This 33,000 sq. ft. restored hosiery factory is the home of the New England Carousel Museum nestled in the heart of downtown Bristol, Connecticut, half way between NY City and Boston. This magnificent, unique Museum is worth the visit. In addition to antique, wooden carousel pieces the Museum has a new working carousel, a carousel restoration workshop,a Museum of Fire History, a Museum of Greek Culture, the Glo Sessions Fine Art Gallery, a changing art gallery, a children's craft center and a gift shop. The Museum is a great place to host a wedding, bar mitzvahs, receptions, performances, dances, meetings and much more with many options that accommodate everything from a bridal shower for 30 people to a sit down dinner for 230 people in our banquet hall.

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Not what we had in mind

We had one thing in our minds before visiting this site and another when we departed. This is a grand effort to save for historical purposes those magical rides older folks... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Edwin K
Hamburg, Pennsylvania
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Hamburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had one thing in our minds before visiting this site and another when we departed. This is a grand effort to save for historical purposes those magical rides older folks remember as being magical and fun. For those expecting full carousels to peruse, there is but one small fully functional carousel. Displayed is a history of the carousel from... More 

Thank Edwin K
North Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

We enjoyed visiting the Carousel Museum! It was very informative and a lot of fun and interesting facts! I love the Carousel and this was the perfect place to visit! We had a wonderful woman as our guide, I believe her name was Cathy; she was very knowledgeable! And then we all got to ride the carousel! Loved it! Upstairs... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

My summertime travels as a child usually took me to New London, CT where I loved the carousel rides at the ocean-side park. This trip to the New England Carousel Museum is just that; a journey back in time. The displays are so beautifully restored to their former glory and getting to ride the carousel again brought huge smiles to... More 

Thank maryannm2016
Somers, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

We toured the Carousel Museum with our teenage children as we were looking for our wedding venue. They were all 4 happy that they came with us they loved it. It is on the smaller side BUT if you are truly looking and reading about all of the horses and what they do to restore them you are looking at... More 

Thank lishoneybee
South Windsor, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

I went to the New England Carousel Museum with friends as a fun outing because I have always loved carousels. We opted for the guided tour and were very pleased that we did. Tom was full of interesting facts about the history of how carousel horses have been carved and the craftsmen who carved them. He was bursting with information... More 

Thank Cathy L
Deep River, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

The museum houses dozens of restored and preserved horses, animals and carriages. The guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the craftsmen and designs displayed giving detailed descriptions of the materials used, adornments, and origin. The museum additionally houses a fire museum included in the tour. Our guide was also well versed in the displays. Plan on at least 2 hours... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

This unique experience was free for a day and was a pleasant trip to see the craftsmanship behind the figurines, but there was only two rooms with figurines, with disappointing lighting. A fun and educating experience, but one can pass through quickly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

The kids enjoyed the museum very much and I especially liked the fireman's museum upstairs too!! What a hidden gem in Bristol! A must go to with school age young ones!!

Thank Dawiczyksm
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

The New England Carousel Museum fulfills its purpose of preserving the art of the carousel. For a visitor the fruits of that mission are not vast. There is not much variety in what can be displayed, making you feel that you have seen all that you need to see in a half hour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

Unusual and entertaining place for a wedding - not fancy but very interesting. The working carousel adds a unique touch. There is no air conditioning, but staff helped us open windows before the event, and the rooms were comfortable during the wedding and reception.

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