Merry-Go-Round Museum
Merry-Go-Round Museum
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  • Doug B
    Brookville, Ohio125 contributions
    Small but wel worth a visit...
    This museum contains genuine craftsman works of art. The old carved and intricately painted merry go round animals are truly beautiful pieces. a ride on the carousel in the middle of the museum is included in the cost of the visit. A visit wont take a long time but is well worth a stop.
    Written June 28, 2021
  • wemjam
    Carleton, Michigan1,468 contributions
    Great little museum to see
    Nice little museum. Wanted something to do for a little bit on rainy afternoon while staying in the area and found this place on TA. $6 for adult admission included ride on Merry Go Round. It is small but looking at all the amazing carvings of the different animals was worth it. They are many hand carved animals from the turn of the century. From all over the US, many survived different disasters like hurricans. Worth the stop if you want something off the beaten path to do for around an hour. Friendly staff willing to answer questions and provide information. Little gift shop too.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2020
  • momof2greatkids108
    Amherst, Ohio93 contributions
    A step back in time
    This was a nice visit of the history of merry go rounds and carousels. It's a small museum that will only take you a couple of hours to visit but it's packed with history. The day we visited there wasn't anyone else visiting the museum (a weekday morning visit) but a volunteer that was working in the carving section was very knowledgeable and gave us some nice detailed information. This is a nice treasure to have right here near home. Carousels from all over the world come here to be repaired or refurbished. It's neat to see one of the horses that was on display at the White House for the Christmas season a few years back. There are crayon rubbings spread out throughout the museum that my daughter enjoyed and she was able to get a squished penny as a nice momentum. They also have a nice gift shop. We really enjoyed our ride on the old merry go around which is included in your admission fee.
    Written January 9, 2020
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Gwenn B
Wadsworth, OH121 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Just a little trip to Sandusky and went to ride a carousel. The carousel goes faster then we expected which made it a lot of fun. The horses are very ornate and in excellent shape. A woodcarver was working on a horse and you got to see a true artist.
Written February 22, 2020
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Rebecca R
Odessa, TX45 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We thoroughly enjoyed the museum. The ladies on staff were very knowledgeable of the items on display. Even got to take a nostalgic ride on a carousel (included in the price of admission). Inexpensive, clean, fun and entertaining.
Written July 18, 2022
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Richard L
9 contributions
Oct 2021
A good stop if near the Sandusky area. Large collection of carousel animals dating back to early 1900's. A couple of gentlemen were also working on repairing a smaller motorized carousel and making new carousel horses. We really enjoyed the carousel ride that was included with admission price. Staff was very friendly.
Written October 15, 2021
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Nick M
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Got here at 430. They lady would not let us in. She said it takes 45 minutes to go thru the museum. Kids wanted to go on the merry go round. She charged us full price for a 2 minute ride. Even told her we will be back in 30 minutes and still would not let us go in.
Written June 25, 2014
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ssg47
New Jersey211 contributions
My friend and I stopped at this museum on our way from Cleveland to Toledo. She had heard about this museum and wanted to see it for a long time. It was very easy to find in the center of town. It is housed in a former post office, which is a round structure. They don't make buildings like this anymore. Inside, there is a small gift shop, and many new and antique carousel animals on display. In the center is an antique Merry-Go-Round that was found stripped of all the animals from the early 1900's?. New carousel animals were added and the Merry-Go-Round was restored to it's wonderful former glory with lights and music. As part of your inexpensive admission ($5-6?), a ride on the Merry-Go-Round is included. The museum also has items on display that are parts of private collections. There is also a small section where you can see craftsmen carving a horse out of wood. Every year the MGR Museum raffles off the carved horse that they have been working on all year on New Year's Eve. It is hand painted and a beautiful piece of art. It is worth approximately $6000.00. I know because I was last year's winner!! Chances are sold in the gift shop. This is a small, lovely museum that is definately worth the time. I'm a history buff so I really enjoyed seeing the antiques. The tour is short, maybe 10-15 minutes. All the tour guides are volunteers who just love working there. You can stay and linger for as long as you like after the tour. Something that was really cool to see was two carousel horses that appeared on US postage stamps. Images of the stamps are next to each of the horses. Be sure to see this lovely museum. There aren't many like this one around! Adults and children will both enjoy this. Check their website for hours.
Written December 27, 2010
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konan09
Monroe, MI46 contributions
Aug 2011
We came to this museum in all honesty more for me than the kids because I am personally fascinated with this kind of art, but I figured with the merry-go-round and all the colorful displays it would be a nice place for my kids as well. First I should say it's displays are very attractive and informative and not really very expensive at all. Even though the museum itself is rather small in size I could have easily spent an hour there reading all of the information at each exhibit. There were some very old carousel animals that were extremely interesting to see and even a couple that inspired past postage stamps. There was a nice workshop area where you can supposedly watch someone actually carve and create a carousel animal and ask him or her questions. Unfortunately they were not working during my visit, so I do hope to go back and see this. Now onto the thought of bringing the kids. Depending on the age this place would be great. Again the exhibits are beautiful. There are also a few different stations where children can put a peice of paper over a design and use crayons to rub the design. These contained different images of carousel animals and other related designs. The tables they are on are a little high and even with the step in front I had to hold my son up to do one, but he is only 4. This wasn't much trouble though as it was a nice experience for him. The merry-go-round is in the center of the museum and everyone gets a free ride before they leave. It was a very nice carousel with many animals to choose from. The ride was was a good length of time but it went a little fast compared to many other carousels I have ridden. My 20 month old was a little scared on it and she usually likes them. One other thing to note is, as with most museums, this one is definately a "do not touch" atmosphere which was a struggle for my kids. All in all I love this museum, I just think my kids are a little young still. If you have older children that can be patient and learn from the exhibits and don't get over excited and want to "pet" everything, the visit will be fine :) I will definately be back.
Written September 17, 2011
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Michtravelgal
Ypsilanti, MI15 contributions
This unique museum is housed inside a grand looking old post office. When we were there they were hosting some visiting carousel animals, including a sea lion with two babies, a skunk, a bison, lions, a dog, and a cat - with a bird in its mouth. There was a collection of beautiful horses as well. Our guide was enthusiastic, pleasant, and clearly a carousel fan.

They sometimes have a man there carving one of the horses whom you can watch and talk to. That was not the case when we visited, but we enjoyed the tour and found it interesting.

They have a working indoor merry-go-round which visitors can ride on at the conclusion of their tour. This carousel had a bucking zebra, a running ostrich, a clothed frog, mystical dragons, stunning stallions and magical mares. You get the idea....come be a kid again.

Fun, not time consuming, and worth seeing.
Written September 9, 2010
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graciediane
Chicago, IL186 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
A nice, affordable way to spend an hour. Our tour guide was great and made the experience more enjoyable. You get a token to ride the carousel as a family. Beautiful pieces of art. Sweet spot to take the family. Our favorite thing was the drawn map of a theme park that was never built. It was original plans for a new amusement park in Iowa that was never built because of the great depression. Sandusky's downtown area is pretty empty these days ( the recession, I assume ). This is a nice little spot.
Written August 9, 2015
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Mark T
Bridgeport, OH103 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
Nostalgia and fun times 1000! Greeted warmly, and began our tour of the museum. The most amazing collection of carousal animals I've ever seen in my life! Not just horses, every animal you can think of, plus dragons, elephants, and zebras. All the historical information to go along with each display. HUGE carousal in the center of the museum that you can ride with the token they give you when you pay admittance. (small fee that keeps the place open) They were restoring animals while we were there and the master artisans went out of their way to chat with us, explain what they were doing, and the history of the museum and the collection. Kids will love it! Well worth the 5 dollar admittance. They also have a small gift shop. Excellent!
Written August 5, 2015
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Connie Z
Indianapolis37 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Entry fee for Senior $5 and child $4. Guided tour by knowledgable person. The actual carousel history presented along with rare old carousel animals, Wurlitzer music player, and a ride on a wonderful working carousel. Collectors loan the museum prized rare pieces that are beautiful nostalgia to gaze upon. Actual carvers involved in the restoration process are working in a shop in the museum and demonstrate the tedious craft. My 10 year old grandchild liked it as did I.
Written July 26, 2015
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