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New England Carousel Museum

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Address: 95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010-6390
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+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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Worthwhile to spend an hour or two. You will be placed in a group and a guide will show you the museum. Interesting to learn about the history of the carousel. There are many... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Herndon, Virginia
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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worthwhile to spend an hour or two. You will be placed in a group and a guide will show you the museum. Interesting to learn about the history of the carousel. There are many unique and beautiful pieces on display.

Thank AnnieS04
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nick was our very capable guide. He was well versed on the history of carousels and the artwork of the figures. Our group was compromised of a grandmother and four children, ages 8 to 17. This is a good source for a history and artwork lesson. The firefighter museum was more interesting for the older boys, and again Nick was... More 

Thank Anne Marie M
Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Great venue for an intimate wedding, for dances, for family. I've even attended wine tasting, there. This is an elegant, museum with lots of interesting content, art, and history.

Thank yagusiak5
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

Lots and lots of carousel rides on display like flying horses, elephants, lion and tiger etc. Good to see the history of carousel. Upper floor has fire history section and sculptures from Greek history. There was an event which included face painting and other interesting activities for kids. The staff was nice too. The best part for me was so... More 

Thank Hemant K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed seeing all of the carousel horses on display here. You learn about the history of the horses and other carousel animals, see how they are made, and get to ride a carousel before you leave! This building also houses a fire history museum. Nice visit for an hour or so.

Thank Bob G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

A small cheerful museum housed in a former hosiery mill with a firemen museum included with admission. Learn how colorful carousel animals are made and repaired and the 3 different styles of carving the animals. Tour guides are available or you can self-guide. There is also a working carousel inside the building.

Thank John N
Hamburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

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 

1 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 

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