Welcome to the official website of The New England Carousel Museum and the Bushnell Park Carousel!
GIANT TAG SALE!
Rent A Space
Rent a space and join us for a huge tag sale in the Carousel Museum
building. Bring your treasures and set up your own booth space. Back
your vehicle up to our loading dock for easy access to our building.
Fri, Sept 12 - 3-9 PM
Sat, Sept 13 - 10 AM - 3 PM
Call to register for a 10’ space - $35
Bring your own table or set ups.
Call 860 585-5411 or mail your form with your check to the Carousel Museum
95 Riverside Ave., Bristol, CT 06010 www.thecarouselmuseum.org
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Family Sundays are unique programs designed to give children a fun and educational creative experience. We hope to see you at one of these upcoming events!
Sunday, September 21st, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Band Organ Jam
A carousel ride just isn’t the same without music! Take a spin on our carousel and learn about the band organ that provides the tunes for your twirls, then create your own musical instruments to take home
Free to all residents of Thomaston
Sunday, October 19th, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Fall Foliage Handprint Trees
Autumn in Connecticut is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Celebrate this wonderful season at the Museum as we learn the art of color mixing to create beautiful trees using our own handprints!
Free to all residents of Watertown and Oakville
Sunday, November 30th, 2014 - 2:00 pm
What better way to start the holiday season off than a visit from Santa Claus? This free event will allow children to meet Santa, play games, enjoy refreshments, and of course, ride the carousel.
Free to everybody!
Sunday, December 21st, 2014 - 2:00 pm
Holiday Ornament Making
Come make some memories at the Carousel Museum! Use paint and sparkles and more to create your own glass ornaments that you can take home, hang up, and cherish for holiday seasons to come.
Free to all residents of Harwinton
Adults - $6
Children - $5
All admissions include access to our entire museum and a ride on our carouse!
All programs run from 2-4pm
Like us at facebook.com/carouselmuseum for more updates on these events and to see pictures of past Family Sunday events
Sponsored by the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation
The Crocodile Club is Back Again!
The Crocodile Club, will celebrate its 133rd reunion dinner with its unique gathering of individuals who put aside their political differences to celebrate this commitment by the park owners. The dinner, sponsored by the New England Carousel Museum, a non-profit treasure in the Connecticut community, has received permission from the Norton family to hold the old Crocodile Club and Jerry Brick of Lake Compounce has agreed to work with the Museum to bring back the annual dinner meeting at the usual gathering place, the Lake Compounce Ballroom. Please join us on Friday, September 5, 2014, at noon, as a capacity turnout is expected. As a special treat from our generous hosts, free rides on the carousel will be available from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.
As usual, the festivities will begin with the social hour at noon. (when crocodile tears are shed!) A cash bar will be available from 12:00 noon on in the ballroom. The traditional dinner of lamb and fried corn with all the trimmings, that was first served in 1875, will commence promptly at 1:00 PM. During dinner, a lively and interesting program with guest speakers will follow. Remember, good speeches and bad jokes are encouraged, and NO serious political speeches are allowed.
We are told by the Norton family that the “Crocodile Club” was formed in 1875 when Gad Norton, who was a former legislator, and who also started the amusement park in 1846, decided to thank his colleagues in the State Legislature for their help in passing a statute that changed the town line between Bristol and Southington so as to put his farmhouse in Bristol. The reason for this request was so that he could vote in Bristol where he did all his trading and knew more people. Also, in the days of horses and buggies, old dirt roads, and tough winters, the three mile ride to Bristol was a lot easier than the six miles to Southington.
You must come and learn all of the traditions, meet new and old friends, relish the unique menu, and shake hands with all the important politicians, including this year’s political candidates from all parties. Never will you see and meet so many candidates from all sides in one place in such intimate surroundings, all having a good time kidding each other, with no serious politics allowed. That policy was dictated to the original group by host, Gad Norton himself, who said, “there will be no serious politics allowed, no post-mortems from the last legislative session, -- just pleasant sociability, good fun, and good food.”