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Step back in time and say "I do" surrounded by over 100 years of carousel art and history at The Carousel Museum in Bristol, CT. We are a unique venue for unique couples.

Housed in a beautifully restored post-and-beam factory from 1901, the museum boasts a fascinating collection of intricately carved animals, chariots, and memorabilia from the golden age of amusement parks. Imagine exchanging your vows in the Main Gallery, surrounded by hundreds of antique treasures and stunning carousel art.

You are welcome to host your ceremony with us at no additional charge. Following your ceremony, the celebration continues in the charming ballroom upstairs. With its sparkling Venetian crystal chandeliers and ample dance floor, it's the perfect space to dance the night away with your loved ones. And with a reasonably-priced rental fee, you have the freedom to choose your own caterer and vendors to bring your wedding vision to life.

Best of all, your rental fee includes a full day of set-up, all tables and chairs, no need to add expensive rentals and your celebration supports the museum's mission to preserve and restore these works of art for future generations to enjoy.

Experience the timeless charm and beauty of The Carousel Museum as you celebrate your love and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Reviews of The Carousel Museum

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94% recommend it
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Kelly Sent on 10/29/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fun and Unique

This was such a unique venue! You have a lot of freedom in terms of decoration, especially for reception area. The museum is highly ornate, so not a ton of extra decor needed, which was one of the things we enjoyed most about it. Who cares about charger plates when there are gorgeous chandeliers and vintage carousel animals everywhere? Overall, very fun! Staff (including Morgan, the event coordinator) were lovely, we would definitely work with them again. They even gave us a file for the scavenger hunt they use during parties, so we could update it to include a few of the animals that had personal significance to us.

One of the benefits of this venue is that you get a lot of time to set up the day before– this in addition to the relatively low rental price made the venue very affordable. My partner, our families, and I were able to take our time the day before to get the reception space ready, and that made it less stressful than if we'd had only the day of.

Thank you so much to everyone at the Carousel Museum for making our wedding such a memorable day! We and our guests enjoyed every moment.
Deanna T. Sent on 12/13/2018
5 out of 5 rating

Great Tour for Bride to Be at the The New England Carousel Museum

I was so impressed with the Reservation Coordinator
Hannah Einsiedel. Before viewing this place I came prepared with A LOT questions! She answered all of my questions throughly and honestly! This place is very gorgeous and reasonably priced. It's high on my list of potential options! Thanks Hannah!
Chelsea Sent on 11/09/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The most stunning place

From beginning to end, I could not have asked for a better venue. Not only was it unique with the carousel pieces lining the aisle, the two hour carousel rides for my guest, but the most rustic feel upstairs when dancing under the lights. The team was amazing, the price was amazing, and the upstairs was beautiful.
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Elizabeth Mazzone
Elizabeth Mazzone
Tour & Event Coordinator

We are pleased to announce the well-deserved promotion of Elizabeth Mazzone within The Carousel Museum family. Elizabeth has been a vital part of our team as the Birthday and Tour Event Coordinator, where she showcased her incredible organizational skills, creativity, and dedication to making each event a unique and memorable experience. Please join us in congratulating Elizabeth on this exciting new chapter in her career. We look forward to seeing her flourish and bring her unique touch to even more of our beloved museum's offerings.

Morgan Urgo
Morgan Urgo
Executive Director

Morgan Urgo is the Executive Director of The Carousel Museum and Museum of Fire History located in Bristol CT. Morgan has been in this role since 2019 and oversees all aspects of the Museum’s operations. A nationally recognized institution for the preservation of the Art and History of carousel figures, carousel archive material, and carousel mechanics, the Carousel Museum and Museum of Fire History are undergoing a bold strategic plan, including the establishment of its first Endowment, and Capital Building Campaign.

Morgan is currently a candidate for a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, in the field of Museum Studies from Harvard University. She graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire in 2003 with a degree in Drawing and a minor in Art History.

Morgan’s passion for Museums began in Museum education at the New Britain Museum of American Art. In addition to teaching and creating, she soon discovered a passion for fundraising and non-profit finance. Her twenty-plus years working in non-profit organizations has been with some of Connecticut’s finest institutions, including the New Britain Museum of American Art, The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, and the Wadsworth Athenaeum.


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