he New England Carousel Museum in Bristol has one of the largest collections of carousel art and memorabilia in the country. Founded as a nonprofit educational organization in 1990, the museum is located in a restored 33,000-square-foot silk mill factory building. It exhibits a diverse collection of antique wooden carousels and carousel pieces. In 1999, the museum began managing and running the historic Bushnell Park Carousel. This carousel, created in 1914 by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein, has 48 horses, 2 chariots and a Wurlitzer Band Organ. The carousel will turn 100 years old in 2014. The museum recently acquired the Game Bird Horse from the estate of Marianne Stevens, co-author of “Painted Ponies.” This jumper horse once rode on a Connecticut carousel. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 to 5; Sunday, noon to 5, and during some school holidays. It is closed during January and February and on the major holidays. Admission prices (ask about special group rates) are $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, $3.50 for children ages 4-14, $2 for age 1-3. Admission includes one ride ticket for the carousel.
The New England Carousel Museum is in the heart of Bristol, at 95 Riverside Ave., Route 72 West. Phone: 860-585-5411. Website: thecarouselmuseum.org .