Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, North Tonawanda: Hours, Address, Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Special-interest museum that features the historical and elaborate Herschell carousels in the original factory building. Ride our 102 year old carousel! Our band organs play every day. Enjoy 3 Wurlitzer organs and an Artizan grand organ. Special events for a family audience are presented each month.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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lori8146
goldens Bridge, New York, USA110 contributions
Great for families
Apr 2021 • Family
This is a fun place to spend an hour! The exhibits are interesting for young and old. PLUS you get 2 tickets with your admission to ride the carousel. This is a great activity even on a rainy day, the carousel is indoors. The staff could not have been nicer, greeting us as we entered the building. They even have a scavenger hunt for kids in their information booklet.
Written April 11, 2021
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Hugh O
Williamsville, NY4 contributions
Herschell Carrousel
Sep 2019
This is the home where the original carrousel was built which is located in North Tonawanda, N.Y. It has two working "merry go rounds." A small one and a large one which you can ride for a small price. There are also displays of the construction of the horses and other necessities.
Written November 22, 2019
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heather f
3 contributions
fun for the kids
May 2019
its a great place for the younger kids and if you want to see the older carrousels. if you have older kids (11 and up) they wont fit on the outside rides. only the carrousel inside
Written October 8, 2019
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jojoels
Ontario, Canada18 contributions
Horsey go round
Aug 2019
Interesting place to see how they were made, and to get a free ride on a carousel, bringing back memories
Written August 14, 2019
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Travelingw6
Wauseon, OH217 contributions
Cute museum for younger kids!
Jul 2019
This was a fun museum. The reason I recommend it for younger kids is because of the rides. There are 2 carousels to ride. Only one is okay for older kids. The tiny one is for smaller kids under 43 inches. There is also a kiddy park outside with 4 different kiddy rides for shorter kids. The museum itself was interesting with the displays of different horses and animals for the carousels. They also had a wurlitzer section explaining the music of the carousels. I spent some time reading the displays, but the kids went faster through the museum section.
Written August 9, 2019
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Kim
4 contributions
Carousel Fun
Jun 2019
This was the first time we had ever been there, and my boys were amazed with how the horses were made and how long it took to make and paint them. My two youngest loved being able to ride the carousel after our tour. It was a great way to spend a few hours.
Written August 6, 2019
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Bertram S
Wyoming, MI762 contributions
8 Out of 5
Jul 2019 • Family
This was really worth going to visit. As members of the National Carousel Association, we take every opportunity we can get to experience anything carousel-ish. First there's the museum, which includes some animals from different eras of Allan Herschell’s companies and made in different styles. Then we had a self guided tour of the factory where carousels used to be fashioned. It took us step by step through the process of making carousel animals and gave an overview of the organs, which were made at the same factory. It also had a few animals on display from the carousel that will be opening up in Buffalo next year. Then, of course, we took rides. There is an excellently restored children's carousel in one room. Our son was still small enough to ride it. We also spent some time talking with people about carousels. And then, of course, riding the Allan Herschell # 1 Special Carousel was the crowning glory. This was one of the first 3 carousels sent out of the factory after it opened in 1916. The inner 2 rows have horses made around 1902 by Herschell-Spillman, soon after it first opened. This carousel was sent to a place near London, Ontario and in 1916 returned so that the owners could have a bigger carousel. They added their new kinds of horses as an outside row. Thus it has two completely different types of horses. Everything was extremely enjoyable.
Written July 27, 2019
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Chris V
Rochester, NY29 contributions
Convention Stop
Jul 2019 • Business
Last week we spent a day at Niagara Falls, the Wurlitzer Factory and the Carrousel Museum as part of the ATOS Convention. This was a fascinating place to organ enthusiasts who were very interested in the music and how it created. The information about the amazing carving work was told by someone who did it for years. I got great pictures of some of our attendees riding the carrousel - an experience that brought back so many memories.
Written July 11, 2019
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abqsage
Fort Myers, FL1,696 contributions
Such an interesting insight into this part of our history
Jul 2019 • Friends
We spent a little over an hour here seeing exhibits and hearing explanations about how carousel horses were (and are) carved, how engines were made, and how the music was created for those wonderful carousels and merry-go-rounds that provided so much fun as we were growing up. We got to ride on an old authentic carousel, and hear the wonderful music of an old band organ- such a treat, which is mostly possible because of a big group of dedicated volunteers who want to preserve this part of history.
Written July 7, 2019
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lucasbear1104
Lancaster, PA174 contributions
A must see for any carousel lover
Jun 2019 • Family
We kind of stumbled across this gem of a museum while in the Niagara Falls area, and we were very glad we did.
A well kept compact museum that covered all aspects of the carousel (and roller coaster, etc) factory, with a great emphasis on the manufacture of the carousel animals (not just horses.)
The highlight of the museum is the operating 1916 carousel that was built in the factory. A ride on the carousel is included in the admission price.
Employees/volunteers were knowledgeable and friendly and have obviously mad but their mission not to preserve the history of the Herschell carousels but carousels in general, including the music rolls and organs.
A highlight for us was seeing the kiddie roller coaster cars on display, then seeing those cars again on an operating Herschell roller coaster at Conneault Lake Park.
A must see for any carousel enthusiast.
Written June 28, 2019
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Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM