Connecticut Carousel Museum

This past weekend there was a Bizarre Bazaar being held at the Connecticut Carousel Museum located in Bristol.  We’d never been to the Carousel Museum so decided it was a good place check out some crafts while looking at the antique beautiful Carousel horses.

The Museum is located in what looks to be an old factory. I’m not sure if it’s me but Bristol is all steep hills and perilous walking needless to say the Museum is perched up on top of one of these steep hills. I can’t imagine what it must be like when it snows.  We parked at the bottom of said hill and made our way up or in my case practically crawled up and I’m pretty sure I’m exaggerating but it was steep.  The cost to enter the museum was $1 typically it’s a $7 entrance fee but due to the event, we paid a whopping two bucks to enter.

The museum is jam-packed with beautiful hand carved Carousel horses and carriages and all sort of animals.  As you make your way to the back of the museum you’ll find a working carousel in what is their birthday party room.  There were so many beautiful hand-carved horses to see.  Along with the Museum’s typical exhibit scattered throughout the first and second floors were a number of vendors selling everything from beautiful jewelry to handcrafted leather bags and the Connecticut Woodcarvers Associated was in attendance craving up a storm and selling these amazing wooden staffs and spoons.

I scored this amazing ring from one of the tables at the bazaar.  Also, on the second floor of the building off to a corner was a Firman’s museum with a lot to see.  And to whoever was in charge of brewing their coffee Kudos to them cause it was actually pretty decent.   We ended up spending about an hour in the museum looking at the crafts and horses.  I would definitely recommend taking kids there as there is plenty to see and they can take a ride on the carousel and would actually make a great place to visit on a rainy afternoon.

If you are interested in more information about The Carousel Museum visit their page at 



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