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Sandusky - Merry Go Round Museum

301 Jackson Street


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.


Ra mona

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Cute place to stop. Takes about an hour and you'll see what is in the brochure. A ride on the old Merry-go-round is included in price. Nice to see craftsmanship put into the animals.

Laura Mears

Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017
Ride a carousel. Look at every type of carved animal and creature you can imagine. Watch and talk with real carvers. Get a guided tour from a knowledgeable docent or just wander. Buy something from the nifty gift shop. All inside a unique round building that was our post office when I was young.

Patricia Lange-Otsuka

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Great place to take little kids and the young at heart and the merry go tound goes a good ride opens March 20 with new exhibit....good guest stop anytime but especially when you need an active not passive activity...more interactive than a museum

Andrej Walilko

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017
Very cool exhibits on merry go round animals from all around the nation, in-house animal repair workshop, and a full size operating carousel (with organ) all in a historic building! I wish there was a bit more information on other aspects of merry go rounds, such as their mechanics, organs, and the fabled brass rings, but it's a great 45 minute visit just to see the carvings. Ticket includes a trip around the merry go round.

Bill Herzog

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Very interesting place with lots of history. Good for the kids

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