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New England Carousel Museum

95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010-6390
+1 860-585-5411
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Magical place that draws your memories to the forefront!

This was so amazing and surprisingly informational. Especially due to the educated staff members... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
martyC5001NS
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Seattle, Washington
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Great Collection of Carousel Animals and Informative Staff

I spent a couple of hours at this museum on a Monday afternoon. The admission is only $6 and it is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
bravefilius
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fishkill, ny
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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.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“second floor” (10 reviews)
“new england” (14 reviews)
“two floors” (4 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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95 Riverside Ave, Bristol, CT 06010-6390
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was so amazing and surprisingly informational. Especially due to the educated staff members that relate history and facts that make these carousel animals come alive. Many of these 150 on display originate from other countries. Restoration of “old and not yet retired “ figures...More

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Morgan U, Assistant Director of External Affairs at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so delighted that you had a Magical experience here at the Carousel Museum. We too have many favorites. We appreciate you taking the time to write about us and we hope to see you again soon! Best, Morgan Urgo

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent a couple of hours at this museum on a Monday afternoon. The admission is only $6 and it is well worth it. The collection of carousel horses, chickens, dolphins, pigs, giraffes, etc. is awesome. There are two floors with most of the collection...More

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Morgan U, Assistant Director of External Affairs at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to post a review! We are delighted that you had a great time and would love to see you again soon! Best, Morgan Urgo

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Reviewed May 14, 2018

We never knew this museum was part of our CT history. Spent a couple of hours with a guided tour. Of course a ride on a carousel was the highlight! Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a fun couple of hours.

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Morgan U, Assistant Director of External Affairs at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for the review! We are always delighted to share the deep carousel history of CT with our visitors, we hope to see you again soon! Best, Morgan Urgo

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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

I've known about this place for awhile but never had the opportunity to visit until this weekend. I was extremely impressed with the way the antiquities were displayed as well as the area set aside to show you the process of how the horses are...More

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Morgan U, Manager at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2018

Thank you for the review Walt. We are delighted you decided to stop by for a visit! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Morgan Urgo, Museum Manager.

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

My kids (ages 2.5 and 5.5) LOVE carousels so we decided to come visit here when we came to the Hartford, CT area. We found a groupon for it and i am glad for that because it is a small facility and you could easily...More

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Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

This was a great place to take my mother, who has memory issues. The place is setup with plenty of places to rest and enjoy everything. Our guide was very good and patient. Overall a great place for the elderly, kids, and in between.

1  Thank santonski
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Morgan U, Manager at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2017

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are delighted that you and your mother enjoyed your visit! I hope that we get to see you both again soon. Best, Morgan Urgo Museum Manager

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Reviewed December 2, 2017

Had some time to kill before heading to Six Flags today so I decided to take the grandkids here very reasonable pricing and they do offer a AAA discount lots to see, and the kids got to ride the Carousel. Upstairs is the fire museum...More

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Morgan U, Manager at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2017

Thank you so much for the visit, and the review! We are so glad that whole family enjoyed our Museums! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Morgan Urgo Museum Manager The New England Carousel Museum Museum of Fire History The Bushnell Park Carousel

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Reviewed September 8, 2017

even though I've lived in the neighboring towns all my life it wasn't till my daughter came up from Florida for a visit that I was made aware of this museum....it was a most informative and enjoyable tour...the tour guide did an excellent job of...More

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Morgan U, Manager at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2017

Thank you so much for the visit, and the review! We are so glad that whole family enjoyed our Museums! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Morgan Urgo Museum Manager The New England Carousel Museum The Bushnell Park Carousel Museum of Fire History

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Reviewed August 16, 2017

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.

1  Thank JadeEssence
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Morgan U, Manager at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2017

Thank you so much for the visit, and the review! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Morgan Urgo Museum Manager The New England Carousel Museum The Bushnell Park Carousel Museum of Fire History

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Reviewed July 5, 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

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Morgan U, Manager at New England Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2017

Thank you so much for the visit, and the review! We are so glad that enjoyed our Museums and tour guide! We hope to see you again soon. Best, Morgan Urgo Museum Manager The New England Carousel Museum The Bushnell Park Carousel Museum of Fire...More

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