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New England Carousel Museum

95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010-6390
+1 860-585-5411
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Better than expected

My first time there I was pleasantly surprised by how large the space is inside, the exhibits are... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bristol, Connecticut
trip back in time for young and old

Has somewhat limited hours so make sure to check schedule but well worth a little trip of... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
New York
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This 33,000 sq. ft. restored hosiery factory is the home of the New England Carousel Museum nestled in the heart of downtown Bristol, Connecticut, half way between NY City and Boston. This magnificent, unique Museum is worth the visit. In addition to antique, wooden carousel pieces the Museum has a new working carousel, a carousel restoration workshop,a Museum of Fire History, a Museum of Greek Culture, the Glo Sessions Fine Art Gallery, a changing art gallery, a children's craft center and a gift shop. The Museum is a great place to host a wedding, bar mitzvahs, receptions, performances, dances, meetings and much more with many options that accommodate everything from a bridal shower for 30 people to a sit down dinner for 230 people in our banquet hall.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“new england” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 12:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010-6390
+1 860-585-5411
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My first time there I was pleasantly surprised by how large the space is inside, the exhibits are very interesting, and of course the carousel is very cute and can accommodate more than just the very young children.

Thank JadeEssence
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Has somewhat limited hours so make sure to check schedule but well worth a little trip of nostalgia.. as A child used love to go see the carousel and ride the horses. Here is your chance to see all the different types of horses built...More

Thank Fingerlakes09
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Wonderful ! we were in the area,visiting the New England air museum another great museum just 30 minutes down the street.I've always loved the Carousel just so pretty and romantic.This museum is great very interesting,people very friendly,just surrounded by beautifully carved carousel animals.Upstairs was a...More

Thank blueyes5878
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

We had the entire museum for our wedding ceremony and reception this month, and we couldn't have been happier with how it worked out! Our guests were amazed at what a lovely facility it is, the museum staff were friendly and supportive to work with,...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Took some friends that like carousels to see the museum. Had a nice time. Lots of items to check out. Also got to see the fire equipment collection on the second floor. Had some historic pieces. Disappointed that the carousel wasn't working. But its all...More

1  Thank Terry S
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Please visit and learn fascinating facts from the free guides abut the historical saga and thrill of the art of the carousel !

Thank GringoAlto2000
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

A friend suggested we visit this museum while in Bristol. It was very interesting and informative. The woman who led our private tour was incredible. We learned about the history of the creation of the carousel horses and the people who created them. We also...More

Thank BDFD
Reviewed 27 March 2017

I know the ladies who run the carousel Museum and I know that they work hard at bringing new nd fun events to the location. The upstairs facilities is perfect for parties weddings and corporate parties. There is so many rooms and so much you...More

Thank fusionunion
Reviewed 8 March 2017

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 pieces on display.

1  Thank AnnieS04
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

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 good source for a history and artwork...More

1  Thank Anne Marie M
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