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Merry Go Round Museum

301 Jackson Street
419-626-6111

History:

The doors to the Merry-Go-Round Museum opened to the public on July, 14, 1990 but the idea was born on October 1, 1988 when the U.S. Postal Service issued four carousel stamps. Paul Calle of Stamford, Connecticut designed the first set of stamps. One of the featured animals was from Cedar Point’s Kiddieland carousel. The first day issue ceremony was held at the Sandusky amusement park.

The block of stamps included a Gustav Dentzel deer (ca. 1895), Charles Looff goat and camel (ca. 1880), and the King Armored horse by Daniel Muller (ca. 1925), The King horse is from Cedar Point’s Kiddieland carousel. This particular King horse is considered to be one of the rarest and most beautiful of all carousel figures.

To make the first day issue special, a group of local citizens borrowed the vacant former Sandusky Post Office and gathered together a wonderful carousel display to celebrate the Cedar Point horse as well as other figures.

The group hoped for a few hundred visitors, but surprisingly more than 2,000 came from across the nation to share the joy of carousels. In the following months a non-profit corporation was formed with the mission, “to preserve and promote the art and history of the carousel.”

The corporation purchased the unique post office building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and preserving the building became part of the mission. The Corporation received a 501 c (3) status and fund raising began soon after.

The Merry-Go-Round Museum display artifacts that add to the public’s awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the history of the carousel. Dentzel carving shop tools are a permanent exhibit, along with a working woodcarving shop, and the museum’s own machine, (circa 1939 Allan Herschell Corporation). The museum continues to seek artifacts from amusement parks, carnivals, and private individuals, and encourages long and short-term loans of memorabilia and antiques from earlier periods of the amusement and carousel industry.



Reviews

Alex Kay

Rating:
Friday, June 8, 2018
It had stuff. I can see someone liking this, and it probably would be a great place to take a family. It's also a nice place to take photos at as well. But I can't say I was really captivated by it. If you like carousels, you should go here.

S Hammond

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Saturday, June 23, 2018
I like the Merry-Go-Round animals & wondered how they were made. The carvers will talk with you & answer any questions that you may have, while they are carving. Very pleasant people! This is a very nice place & it has a Merry-Go-Round inside that they give the patrons a ride token with each paid admission. There is a 250 lb weight limit, in order to ride. I encourage kids of all ages, to take time out for a visit.

Becky Thompson

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Really interesting place for anyone interested in history or feeling like taking a trip down memory lane. The staff is very friendly and happy to share their knowledge and work. Plus you get to ride a merry-go-round.

Nathan Boyle

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Sunday, June 3, 2018
A wonderful place to visit if you love or have an appreciation of carousel horses merry-go-rounds and more. An easy visit oh an hour or two while traveling through Sandusky any day of the week. Especially fun if you later visit Cedar Point as it gives you a deeper appreciation for the history there and at other parks for the art that goes into these rides and their mounts.

Ryan Brown

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Sunday, July 8, 2018
A very interesting place! Lots of history! The volunteers were all friendly and hospitable.

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