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“A really great quick stop that is entertaining for the whole family - don't let the word "Museum" scare you off.”

Merry-Go-Round Museum
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Sandusky
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

When my wife suggested we make a stop and visit this museum after our two night stay at Breakers Express, I wasn't too excited, but am now glad we stopped. This is a Wonderful place to visit and really can be seen in a couple hours.

The admission price is extremely reasonable for what you will see. The admission price includes a ride on the carousel in the museum (more on this later.) The ride is for people of all ages...not just children. The Carousel consists of "animals" from not only several different old carousels, but also some animals that were hand carved right there at the museum. It is a great way to see how carousels operate.

As part of your admission, there is a "carver's corner" where one of the Carvers will come every half hour and explain the process that the carvers use to create new figures and, more importantly, to restore old carousel figures that are brought to the museum for repair/restoration. Since there are usually not many people at the museum, you can interact with the carver and have a lot of questions answered.

The museum has many carousel figurines (mostly horses) that tell the story of carousels. It is a self guided tour that you take at your own pace. They have a small gift shop as well as restrooms. There are no refreshment venues in the museum. As I stated before, you can tour the entire museum in less than 2 hours so food is not an issue.

The museum is located in the old Sandusky Post Office, which itself has wonderful architexture. The lobby of the museum is the lobby of the old post office and has kept many of the old post office fixtures and counters.

A really great quick stop that is entertaining for the whole family...I highly reccommend this museum.

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Few people have heard of this museum, much less visited it, but I'm sure that no one leaves disappointed. It contains an exquisite collection of antique carousel animals, wonderfully carved and painted. Some of them are stranger than you would suspect, but all of them are restored beautifully. After inspecting the displays, watch carvers meticulously restore old carousel animals, then take a ride on a fully restored Allan Herschell Carousel while the band-organ plays. Guides are very helpful in telling you the history of carousels. I'm looking forward to going again. It's worth a sidetrack off your main route to a vacation destination. Admission is reasonable. http://www.merrygoroundmuseum.org/tour/

2  Thank DebErlanger
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We were greeted pleasantly and given a tour and the history of each and every horse and character. They explained why certain ones were placed in different spots on a carrousel and how it evolved to mostly horses It was VERY interesting and well worth the visit. The Merry-go-round was an awesome ride. Haven't been on one since I was a child.

1  Thank Karen W
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We have actually been twice. The first trip the tour was very informative and intriguing.The second was the last tour of the day so it was quiet and we got to talk with the tour guides more and had the place to ourselves. The animals are absolutely gorgeous and very well designed! The carousel was in tip-top shape and colorful.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This was a very nice museum and we had a good time there. The facts you learned about the Merry-go-round and it's history were very interesting. The ride on the Merry-go-round there was awesome. Looking at what the carvers were making and learning how the animals were made was very interesting. I will never look at the Merry-go-round in the same way again.

1  Thank Cheryl W
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