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New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

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3.8/5 based on 65 reviews on the web
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  • We had one thing in our minds before visiting this site and another when we departed. This is a grand effort to save for historical purposes those magical rides older folks remember as being magical a...  read more »
  • We enjoyed visiting the Carousel Museum! It was very informative and a lot of fun and interesting facts! I love the Carousel and this was the perfect place to visit! We had a wonderful woman as our gu...  read more »
  • My summertime travels as a child usually took me to New London, CT where I loved the carousel rides at the ocean-side park. This trip to the New England Carousel Museum is just that; a journey back in...  read more »
  • Who knew there was so much to learn about carousels? In addition to the carousel information, this museum houses a firehouse museum and some other odds and ends.
  • This was a great place to visit. All the beautiful carved horses and other animals were great. Staff was pretty good and informative. And the Carousel ride was fun.
  • When my friends and I go on trips together, we often like to to stop off at quirky & unusual places to break up the ride and make the trip more interesting. On our latest weekend getaway, we deiced to check out the New England Carousel Museum. We were pretty disappointed. While the carousel horses were quite nice, the museum is small, dimly lit, understaffed, and dusty. One of my friends actually had a hard time breathing after a while from the dust. The staff was OK I guess, we had to wait about 10 min to get in because no on was there to sell us tickets. Not a big deal, but a little annoying. We were pretty much done after 25 min, not really worth the 2 hour detour. I suppose if you had a very young child with a short attention span, this would be a good place to check out. There was a birthday party going on while we were there and the kids seemed to really be enjoying themselves. One thing I really want to make clear it that the surrounding area SUCKS. It's very run down, dirty and I wouldn't want to be there after dark, maybe that's why the museum closes at 5!
  • The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol CT is a nice find. A small museum by many standards, a medium sized museum by other standard, however for me it is just right. It is focused on the carousel and the animals that are carved and put on those carousels. With a wonderful sampling of the carousel animals, a working carousel for the children, and a party room to bring a birthday or holiday party to a great setting the Carousel Museum is beautiful. So colorful and playful. Now add to this a master carver who can create new animals, and repair aged animals and you have something really special. It turns out that animals needing repair are shipped here and the craftsmen repair and return them. Wow! There are animals in the process of construction so one can experience the process of creation. So, if in Bristol, make this a stop for sure. Oh es and did I say the staff is so helpful and knowledgeable, well they are! I can hear the tunes now.... Lets go.
  • The history in the building was quite interesting. Bonus fire truck museum as well!
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