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The Historic Carousel and Museum

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Address: 250 Broadalbin St SW, Suite 105, Albany, OR 97321-2495
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10:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Tue 10:00 - 16:00
Wed 10:00 - 20:00
Thu - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Our permanent home is now under construction, but you can still watch our...

Our permanent home is now under construction, but you can still watch our carvers and painters at work in our temporary studio, and enjoy browsing our gift shop. We should be in our new home in June, 2017. Founded in 2004, the Historic Carousel and Museum is creating a world class carousel complex in downtown Albany that will draw visitors from around the world and contribute to the economic revitalization of historic downtown Albany.

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Quick stop at the temporary Carousel Museum site

Even though the Carousel Museum is in temporary quarters while its permanent home is built, I found it to be fascinating. Volunteers were friendly and helpful, and seeing the... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2016
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Even though the Carousel Museum is in temporary quarters while its permanent home is built, I found it to be fascinating. Volunteers were friendly and helpful, and seeing the carousel animals--both completed and under construction--was amazing. I look forward to returning and seeing (and riding!) the finished product!

Thank 874sueg
Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

We have been to the museum/gift shop many times. It is fascinating to watch and talk to the carvers at work and see what they have been working on since the last time we were there. We are very excited that they have broken ground for the building, which is supposed to be completed sometime in 2017. We can't wait!... More 

Thank Deanne2332
Albany, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Very very interesting to see how carousels are made. The carvers have some talent and are very willing to share what and how they do it. Small shop to purchase some items and the volunteers who operate it are very friendly

Thank carver725
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Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Has moved to Two Rivers Market temporarily until the new building is completed sometime on 2017. Groundbreaking took place last week.

Thank Tricia P
Corvallis, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

The museum is temporarily relocated, but I saw it before the move and the whole history and techniques behind these beautiful creations are truly fascinating. They have active carvers creating the animals, so each visit will be unique. They have temporarily moved from the site to allow for construction of the final display and workshop building. I have seen the... More 

Thank Bill S
Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

A local woman was impressed by a carousel she saw on her travels and was able to convince her community to make one! The animals are hand carved and painted by local volunteers. The carousel itself was donated and took many years to get operational. We were there on a weekend so did not get to see the volunteers working... More 

Thank evy s
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 23 May 2016

The best part of the visit, for us, was getting to see a couple of wood carvers working on new horses - don't miss the carvers' workshop.

Thank EarthmanByron
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

If you like an old fashioned carousel in a relatively quiet town, this is a fun stop. It's nice for small children too.

Thank AhuvafromTX
Bangor, Maine
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Reviewed 20 May 2016

Extremely artistic and historic. They don't make 'em like this any more. Well worth stopping in for a peek at some old world carousel figures.

Thank darmistead
Blanding, Utah
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Reviewed 4 May 2016

My nine year old grandson likes to carve so, having read the reviews, we went there one rainy Saturday. We were intrigued from the moment we walked through the front door. The carved animals went from the totally finished to the just started. We were privileged to spend a few minutes with one of the carvers who answered our questions... More 


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