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New England Carousel Museum, Bristol

(3.9/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
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  • Worthwhile to spend an hour or two. You will be placed in a group and a guide will show you the museum. Interesting to learn about the history of the carousel. There are many unique and beautiful piec...  more »
  • Nick was our very capable guide. He was well versed on the history of carousels and the artwork of the figures. Our group was compromised of a grandmother and four children, ages 8 to 17. This is a go...  more »
  • Great venue for an intimate wedding, for dances, for family. I've even attended wine tasting, there. This is an elegant, museum with lots of interesting content, art, and history.  more »
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  • 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.
  • My daughter has always been an avid fan of carousels, so when we found out we were passing this museum, we felt we had to stop. Well, it was a big mistake. In an old warehouse, the building feels more like an abandoned, antiquated living room, than a museum. Musty, smelly, and dirty, it felt like entering a horror movie. The staff member who greeted us was frenzied, frantic, and rude. She corrected my daughter a number of times, and would not even take us on a tour because "she had to go to the bank". As we walked around, we had to wait a long time to even go upstairs, or ride the carousel. The pieces, however, were spectacular... I only wish there was better lighting to see the magnificent pieces of americana. You could see the impact of the buildings on the horses; dusty, cracking, dry. It was very sad. And the gift shop was a disaster. Absolute disaster. Overall, a major disappointment. Oh, and to the older woman with grey hair wearing no shoes and shouting- you are very unprofessional.