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Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
180 Thompson Street,
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
Latitude: 43.029455 Longitude: -78.873127
Email Address: [email protected]
Tours can be adapted to all ages, from preschool to senior citizen. The price for guided tours is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children ages 2-12. Tour company representatives, teachers, and Scout leaders are given complimentary admission with the group. Tour companies which bring 10 or more bus tours annually are offered a discounted admission rate.
Guided tours last approximately 50-55 minutes for adults and 30-45 minutes for children. Our docents lead visitors throughout the public spaces in the factory complex, explaining the history of carousel and band organ production in the Tonawandas and the operation of this particular factory.
Tour groups view large photo murals mounted throughout the building showing the factory complex in operation in 1919, as well as the carving shop, the music roll production shop, and the Lockman Exhibit, a private collection of 20 carousel animals on loan to the museum. All visits end with a ride on either our 1916 #1 Special adult carousel or our Kiddie Carousel in the Children's Gallery.
Other amenities include a wonderful gift shop, handicapped-accessible restrooms and motor coach parking. For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact the museum at (716) 693-1885.
A $25.00 charge will be invoiced for tours which have not been canceled at least 48 hours before the scheduled time of arrival. Please plan to stay a minimum of one and one half hours, so your guests will have time to see all of our exhibits and browse in our gift shop.
Guided tours of the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum are available for groups of 10 or more with advance reservations. They may be scheduled almost any day and time throughout the year, even when the Museum is not open to the general public. Tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance, and all visits are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.
Self-Guided Tours are available to General Admission visitors during open hours:
April-mid-June : Wed.-Sun, Noon- 4:00 pm
Mid-June-Labor Day: Mon - Sat, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Sun, Noon-4:oo pm
Sept-Dec.29: Wed. - Sun, Noon - 4:00 pm