Have you ever been to a carousel museum? Probably not, but you should.
What a great place to be!! What a wonderful building!
The actual place used to be a factory for the carousel animals, from what I understand, and it’s from the late 1800s. Just being in a building that old and to see it and great shape is worth the $6 admission. A VERY CHEAP ADMISSION RATE, I MIGHT ADD.
This museum has such a wonderful atmosphere!! It’s not cluttered, it’s not vacant, it’s just right. The displays are easy to view, labelled, and every colourful. These pieces are over a hundred years old at times but they’ve been preserved so well.
It’s such a niche kind of museum. Carousel, who woud specify in that? The town of North Tonawanda, that’s who. This niche-ness means that there is such a unique collection.
They have stuff that belongs in the highest museums. They have scrolls for music machines, the ones with hand-punctured holes. All the machines are so old too! They’re almost a century old and just playing away with their pipes, horns, and drums. It’s amazing!!! I don’t think there’s a collection for music scrolls like this anywhere!
They have a whole area of where the woodcarving went on in the 20th century and where it still goes on today! They have classes there each Autumn and Spring!
The museum is full of information on ever section but it’s not overwhelming. There are lots of interesting facts to learn that I would have never known otherwise since I would have never looked into carousels.
Oh, man, and the ride. They have a carousel from 1916 with horses that are around that age too. I got to sit on this thing that was almost hundred years old! And it wasn’t some shady, run-down ride. It looked new, it had a music machine that played loud and sounded straight-up like I was in the past. The horses were in perfect condition and I just had a blast.
I cannot remember the last time I even looked at a carousel but the Herschell Carousel Museum is a beautiful place on it’s own, the staff are eager and passionate about their museum, it has beautiful rooms, exhibitions, rides, and an adorable gift shop.
Please, please, please, pleaaaaseee visit. I never could have expect to love this place so much but I had an amazing time.
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is located at 180 Thompson St, North Tonawanda, NY 14120, United States and its website can be found here.