In the center of every amusement park, you are sure to find a carousel. Know more about the history of carousels at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. The Allan Herschell Company in New York manufactured wooden carousels and other amusements rides from 1915-1970, making it one of the biggest creators of hand-carved, wooden carousels. The old factory has been turned into a museum and in 1985, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Things to Do
- Bring the family for a vintage carousel ride! Hop on to the 1916 merry-go-round with 36 hand-carved horses and over 580 lights. Listen to an accompaniment music from the Wurlitzer Military Band Organ and reminisce your childhood days.
- Smaller kids can ride the Kiddie Carrousel at the Children's Gallery. This aluminium carousel from the 1940s is small enough for kids to ride and play on their own while parents watch them.
- Visit the Wood Carving shop and learn more about how factory workers hand-carved intricate designs. Also check the museum's Events page for the schedule of different activities that your kids can be part of.
- Aside from the rides, a carousel is also best associated with its background music. Learn how the distinct American carousel background music came to be at the Wurlitzer Music Roll. The places focuses on the band organ music and its history.
- Drop by The Lockman Collection and see photos and several artifacts for the origins and the revolution of the well-loved merry-go-round.
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum Insider Tips
- If you are going with a group of 10 or more persons, call ahead to avail of a guided tour.