New England Carousel Museum

New England Carousel Museum, Bristol: Hours, Address, New England Carousel Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

New England Carousel Museum

New England Carousel Museum
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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 an indoor working carousel, carousel restoration workshop,a Museum of Fire History, and a hands on early learning lab and art studio. 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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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paul2k147
Amityville, NY6 contributions
The Fire Museum is a hidden gem!
Sep 2021
We absolutely had a great time at the Carousel Museum! Wonderful experience, and perfect for families, groups of friends, or just as a couple! The fire museum upstairs is a MUST SEE. Very knowledgeable staff, and quite friendly. We really enjoyed seeing all the different types of carousel animals on display.
Written September 25, 2021
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Steven S
1 contribution
excellent
Oct 2020
I love this place. However, I am extremely angry and disappointed that this museum will no longer manage the Bushnell Park Carousel. Shame on you! This being said, you had better remove the Bushnell Park Carousel from your advertising on your web site(). And....I'll will no longer give my annual contribution to the museum.
Written September 2, 2021
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WaiPRUSA
New Haven, CT1,219 contributions
Blew expectations
Aug 2021 • Family
Amazing place! With all honesty, it blew my expectations. I thought it was going to be a quick 30 minutes visit, but it turned out to be over an hour and half. Many things to look at, beautifully restored carousel items and a functional carousel. There was also a second and third smaller museums or showings of a Fire fighting dedicated museum and another to Greek culture. The kids also enjoyed the scavenger hunt throughout the museum and the arts and craft room. But, best of all were the people who work here. Very attentive and welcoming.
Written August 1, 2021
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NYBike
Wappingers Falls, NY128 contributions
Really enjoyable visit
Jan 2021
This is an awesome place to visit! We've been facinated by carousel horses - the artistry and workmanship that goes into constructing them, and the brilliant results! After having read about this museum in Bristol CT, we finally got to visit! Hundreds of carousel horses and other figures (cats, zebra, giraffe, pigs) are on display, along with a little carousel for kids and a very loud calliope providing a circus atmosphere. This museum is like no other, and definitely worth visiting
Written January 31, 2021
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Fadwa N
2 contributions
Love this place
Nov 2020
Three friends and I arrived at the New England Carousel Museum Nov. 12 with low expectations. Were we blown off our feet! Even though we were late for our 2 pm reservation for a tour, Morgan the Executive Director treated us to a two hour tour. Her enthusiasm shines through, Most people doe not know of the fine art of carving the animals (not only horses) and the beauty of the history of the carousel. I and my friends came away with a deeper appreciation of the artistry and history of the carousel. It was a very enjoyable experience including the playing of the Wurlizter and riding their carousel. Morgan noted that all their tours are geared towards the participants, so if children are present they wont be bored! The four of us highly recommend this museum, (they even sponsor musical and private events( in a wonderful upstairs room and recommend you take the tour! They also have a great firehouse/firemen museum. Well worth the admission. The museum is housed inan old factory building that is wonderfully historic
Written November 13, 2020
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Frank931
Boston, MA21 contributions
Short and sweet
Oct 2019
A modest museum with a single focus: Carousel animals through the ages. Plan your visit so you can get the escorted tour, it is SO INFORMATIVE! Well worth the trip to Bristol. There is even an actual carousel within the museum that you (as well as your children) can ride, complete with the live carousel music!
Written November 20, 2019
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Thank you so much for the review! We agree a guided tour makes the experience of a visit that much better! We hope to see you again soon. Our best,
Written November 21, 2019
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Randall S
Alamogordo, NM12 contributions
Absolutely fascinating!
Sep 2019
My wife and I were traveling through New England and made a pit stop in New Britain, CT. I used the Trip Advisor app to see what points of interest we might explore, and that's how I found out about the New England Carousel Museum. We are so very glad we found it. Because it was so fascinating, we spent nearly two hours there.

We were the only guests at the time, so Elaine, Lisa, and Morgan devoted much time and attention to giving us a very comprehensive tour of the facility.

This will undoubtedly be one of the high points of our first-ever excursion through beautiful New England. So if you're any where within one hundred miles or so of Bristol, CT, you won't regret whatever time you're able to spend at the New England Carousel Museum.
Written September 27, 2019
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It was a pleasure to meet you both yesterday! We always enjoy sharing our slice of New England with new visitors. I hope you have a great rest of your trip and hope to see some of the incredible photos you took! We hope to see you both again soon! Our best!
Written September 28, 2019
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Philip B
Newton, MA9 contributions
Great find!
Aug 2019
We came to Bristol to go to Lake Compounce, but when we found that the Lake didn't open until 11am, we had an hour to kill and stopped in at this museum. We were pleasantly surprised.

There is a lot to see, ranging as far back as the 1890s. It was very well displayed and some of the history played well into our visit to Lake Compounce later that day. In addition, the Fire Musuem upstairs was very good as well. There is a lot of old equipment on display and some great historical artifacts.

This museum is great for kids, boy and girls. We really enjoyed it and glad we found it.
Written August 24, 2019
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We are delighted that you enjoyed a surprise visit! Thank you so much for the review and we hope that we see you again soon!
Written August 26, 2019
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Joshua C
McAllen, TX50 contributions
Small but Packed
May 2019
You really get a history of these ubiquitous creatures. There is so much craftsmanship and wonder here, that everyone would enjoy seeing these beasts.
Written August 21, 2019
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Thank you so much for the review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit! We hope to see you again soon!
Written August 22, 2019
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Shysure
Southbury, CT105 contributions
Best for children
Aug 2019 • Couples
Though we enjoyed seeing the beautiful horses and “other creatures” that were used on carousels we missed learning more about the history and nationwide locations. They do have a great collection. A small inside carousel will be a treat for children and thin adults!
Written August 6, 2019
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Thank you very much for your visit to the Carousel Museum and for your feedback! Guided tours are available upon request with a docent who can tell you everything you want to know about the history of carousels and carousel horses both at our Museum and around the country! Feel free to give the Museum a call next time you would like to come and we can arrange a tour for you! Hope to see you soon. Best Regards, Hannah Einsiedel, Reservation Coordinator
Written August 8, 2019
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New England Carousel Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM