C.W. Parker Carousel Museum

C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, Leavenworth: Hours, Address, C.W. Parker Carousel Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

C.W. Parker Carousel Museum

C.W. Parker Carousel Museum
4.5
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is a wonderful stop for the ENTIRE family. With 4 antique carousels, and a hand-carved, wood, carousel from 1913 that ALL who come can ride, it is a memorable museum. You can take a Guided Tour, a Virtual Guided Tour (utilizing QR codes), or just ride the fast, fun carousel. All tours include a short video and a carousel ride. An adult guided tour is only $6.00. Carousel rides are $1.50 and get cheaper the more you purchase. There is also a quaint, little gift shop, with many carousel items and much, much more. Whether you are 1 or 101 years old, a ride on the carousel is something special.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Alison
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Wonderful Event!
Oct 2020
We had a baby shower in the Parker room. The room was large and accommodated our family with room for spacing during this COVID pandemic. We needed extra time and they complied quickly. They made sure that all things we wanted/needed were accomplished. I had such a wonderful experience; I highly recommend one of their rooms if you are looking for a place to hold an event in Leavenworth. Thank you so much for everything!! ~Alison
Written October 21, 2020
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Bertram S
Wyoming, MI743 contributions
7 Out of 5
Jul 2020
My wife had phoned ahead to see if they could open the museum for us since we weren’t driving through the area when it was open. They not only scheduled an appointment for us, but Jerry Reinhardt the director gave us a fabulous tour! He had lots of interesting facts to share, both about C. W. Parker’s carousel work and his other endeavors. Being members of the National Carousel Association, we’ve learned a lot about C. W. Parker. Jerry shared things we had never heard before! Then he showed us the two carousels in the main room from a balcony view and gave us a tour of another room where a third carousel is housed. One was made in the 1850’s, the earliest known American carousel. It’s quite primitive looking, and it’s too fragile to ride. The carousel in another room was built by his son Paul Parker in 1950, and it represents the end of the Parker carousels. It’s made of metal, so every horse is exactly the same. It’s the paint that distinguishes them. And… I found a little dog on one cantle… It’s only run for children’s parties as it can’t support adults. They also have some carousel animals from other carvers as well as a few Parker horses they’re restoring – all worth seeing. We rode the 1913 carousel. That is one delightful machine. It’s so hard to choose which horse to ride next! It also has 2 jack rabbits on it, the only ones C W Parker made. Why did he make them? Ask Jerry – he’ll tell you! They have an excellent extended gift shop as well, selling both new and used carousel items. We filled our Christmas and birthday boxes with presents for each other after the tour. All in all, this museum and tour are a huge gem and a major highlight of our vacation.
Written July 25, 2020
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Shelly C
Leavenworth, KS457 contributions
Fun Day
Dec 2019
I took my niece to the Small Mall at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum and we had a great time. She loved shopping for her family, and riding the carousel. We will definitely visit again!
Written December 15, 2019
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torpdo
Des Moines, IA534 contributions
Fun!
Oct 2019
A wonderful place for all. The museum is staffed by volunteers who are super friendly and very knowledgeable. The price of admission includes a carousel ride - what could be better?! This is a self-guided museum but if you ask, a volunteer will be happy to guide you around. There are several caoursels including one built in the 1800's! It's amazing to see the transition from 1800 through 1900's. Don't miss this wonderful spot.
Written December 10, 2019
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We are pleased you enjoyed your visit to our museum. We do offer guided tours, when we have a tour guide available, for $6 for adults and $3 for children, inlcudes a ride. The self-guided tours are $5 for adults and $3 for children and also include a ride. Come back soon!
Written December 11, 2019
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elainecpon
La Grange, KY258 contributions
What a fun place!
Dec 2019 • Couples
We loved this little gem of a museum! We rode the carousel and found great deals at the Christmas Market!
Written December 7, 2019
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We are so glad you enjoyed your trip to our museum. Our Small Mall has become very popular.
Written December 8, 2019
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jvsetecka
Great Bend, KS2 contributions
Such friendly staff
Nov 2019 • Family
Maybe not ton of stuff to see and few people there but the staff is so friendly and welcoming. My older girls took a long long ride and loved it. Came back with boyfriend and made him ride too. Lovely place and close to nice river walk
Written December 4, 2019
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I don't know if you took a tour or not but the entire second floor is full of Parker memorabilia. We also have a display of other manufacturers plus a 1950 Paul Parker carousel in our Jahn room. In the carousel room is more items to see including the health carousel and an 1850 primitive carousel. Hope you will come back soon and glad your girls enjoyed their ride.
Written December 5, 2019
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D4195XZkeving
Leavenworth, United States32 contributions
Best Museum in Leavenworth
Oct 2019 • Couples
One of the best museums in the Kansas City area and definitely the number one museum in Leavenworth. Fast riding carousel that will thrill both young and old. Great group of volunteers, especially the Thursday afternoon crew, makes this museum fun and informative. Optional museum tour is also available to learn about the carousel and incredible restoration work. I recommend visiting the museum and promise you will not be disappointed.
Written October 25, 2019
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We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit to our museum. We hope to see you again soon.
Written October 26, 2019
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skipsaundra
Kansas City1,466 contributions
What fun
Oct 2019
The fastest way back to 10 years old is to ride the carousel that is really fast. They have works in progress and 3 complete carousels but only one operational. Amazing history for Leavenworth.
Written October 6, 2019
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Sounds like you enjoyed yourself at our museum, that makes us happy! Actually, we have 4 operational carousels in our museums. The 1913 which is the one everybody rides, then we have a 1950 Paul Parker carousel which we use if the big carousel is broken down. We also have an 1850 carousel that works but because it is so fragile we do not use it. And lastly we have a Health Carousel that we use on occasion for children to ride.
Written October 8, 2019
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pegweather
Franklin23 contributions
Really fast carousel
Sep 2019
My 4 granddaughters ages 5 to 12 loved the carousel ride! It was the fastest carousel I have ever seen. My older granddaughters loved watching the music being played.
Written September 24, 2019
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We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our carousel. We hope to see you again soon.
Written September 26, 2019
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Chuck52310
New Haven585 contributions
Wonderful!
Aug 2019
This museum focusing on C W Parker, the Colonel of carnivals, is excellent. An operating 1913 Parker carousel and the circa 1860s primitive carousel are the main attractions. There are also many other Parker horses and memorabilia on display. We loved it!
Written September 1, 2019
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We are pleased you enjoyed your trip to our museum. Hope to see you again soon.
Written September 2, 2019
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C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Thu - Sat 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM