The Historic Carousel & Museum, Albany, OR

The Historic Carousel & Museum, Albany, OR Grand Opening August 15th, 2017

We are making a new carousel for downtown Albany, OR. Our animals and decorations are completely new designs, hand carved, and hand painted. The carousel will run on a restored 1909 mechanism.

The Dentzel family has lent us many items from their personal collection to display in our museum.

We welcome visitors to our studios and museum.
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Founded in 2004, the Historic Carousel and Museum is creating a world class carousel complex in downtown Albany that will draw visitors from around the world and contribute to the economic revitalization of historic downtown Albany. Our mission is to construct a fully functional carousel which will hold 52 hand-carved and painted animals. The carousel will provide wholesome family fun for all ages.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! We will be open our regular hours of 10:00-5:00 today. Come enjoy the magic of the Carousel!
05/12/2019
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! We will be open our regular hours of 10:00-5:00 today. Come enjoy the magic of the Carousel!

05/11/2019

MG Car Club at the Carousel! So excited to see so many beautiful and precious cars on this glorious day!!!

As many of you may know, Albany lost a precious member of our community. We will close our doors for one hour from 1:00-...
05/10/2019

As many of you may know, Albany lost a precious member of our community. We will close our doors for one hour from 1:00-2:00 pm on Friday, May 10th in honor of Doris Scharpf, Albany's Secret Angel. Her memorial service will begin at 1:00 pm at the United Presbyterian Church. The Carousel will have a memory book out if you'd like to stop by and share your story and sign it.

Some beautiful ladies dropped by for pics to remember their special evening! Thanks for thinking of the Carousel ladies!...
05/05/2019

Some beautiful ladies dropped by for pics to remember their special evening! Thanks for thinking of the Carousel ladies! Enjoy your prom!

May the 4th be with you! 😁
05/04/2019

May the 4th be with you! 😁

05/04/2019

First Friday FAMILY FUN NIGHT! Come on down and join the fun! Huggy Bear is waiting for you! Face painting and craft activities! $5 admission - children 3 and under are free!

05/03/2019

Mt. Hood Corvette Club stopped by today! Thanks for visiting us!!!

05/03/2019
The weather is perfect for some ice cream, come get a scoop and ride your favorite animals.
04/28/2019

The weather is perfect for some ice cream, come get a scoop and ride your favorite animals.

Have you wanted to invest in your community? Did you know the carousel is a nonprofit? If you would like to help us cont...
04/28/2019
Donate | Historic Carousel & Museum of Albany

Have you wanted to invest in your community? Did you know the carousel is a nonprofit? If you would like to help us continue and grow our beautiful programs please follow the link below.

http://albanycarousel.com/donate/

Large bricks: ($200) 8″ x 8″, has seven lines of 9, 15, 18, 18, 18, 15, and 9 characters each (including spaces) respectively.

DIAPER DRIVE! We have just one more week to collect diapers & diaper wipes for the Family Tree Relief Nursery Diaper Dri...
04/25/2019

DIAPER DRIVE! We have just one more week to collect diapers & diaper wipes for the Family Tree Relief Nursery Diaper Drive! Please help us 'Fill the Crib' and get a ride token in exchange for your diaper/wipe donations!

Today the carousel hosted volunteer training, thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our volunteers. If you are inter...
04/24/2019

Today the carousel hosted volunteer training, thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our volunteers.

If you are interested in volunteering please comes see us. Who wouldn’t want to operate the carousel?

Albany Visitors Association
04/23/2019
Albany Visitors Association

Albany Visitors Association

Don’t forget to let out-of-town family and friends know why Albany is your home. And to come visit you!

Happy Easter from our family to yours
04/21/2019

Happy Easter from our family to yours

Good morning! We are open and ready to see you.
04/21/2019

Good morning! We are open and ready to see you.

Molly the Saint Bernard stopped by the Carousel today to live model for volunteer Bob Facto, who is carving Dexter.
04/21/2019

Molly the Saint Bernard stopped by the Carousel today to live model for volunteer Bob Facto, who is carving Dexter.

Check out this amazing carousel it serves the Detroit Tigers MLB team. We have our own Blake the tiger named after the 1...
04/19/2019

Check out this amazing carousel it serves the Detroit Tigers MLB team. We have our own Blake the tiger named after the 1794 poem by William Blake.

Have you ever wanted to leave your mark on the carousel or downtown Albany? We still have plenty of bricks to purchase. ...
04/18/2019

Have you ever wanted to leave your mark on the carousel or downtown Albany? We still have plenty of bricks to purchase. http://albanycarousel.com/donate/

Tuesday the cat was the first animal to be placed on the carousel. In his mouth is a toy mouse, can anyone tell me how m...
04/17/2019

Tuesday the cat was the first animal to be placed on the carousel. In his mouth is a toy mouse, can anyone tell me how many mice are on the carousel?

Come see the magic show, there are still two more shows at 12:00 and 1:00.
04/15/2019

Come see the magic show, there are still two more shows at 12:00 and 1:00.

04/15/2019
What’s your favorite carousel animal?
04/14/2019

What’s your favorite carousel animal?

Character overload!!
04/13/2019

Character overload!!

The Carousel is supporting the 2019 Family Tree Relief Nursery Diaper Drive. If you donate a small package of diapers yo...
04/13/2019

The Carousel is supporting the 2019 Family Tree Relief Nursery Diaper Drive. If you donate a small package of diapers you will receive one ride token, a large package five tokens. Let’s show the community what we can do!!

So much fun at the Carousel today, there’s still time to come see us.
04/12/2019

So much fun at the Carousel today, there’s still time to come see us.

04/12/2019

Who wants to see the inner workings of our 1909 Dentzel Carousel? We will be giving special tours tomorrow from 11:00-1:00. This is a rare opportunity, and we hope to see you there!!

This ! Friday April 12th is a no school day for Albany/GAPS kids. Who doesn't LOVE unicorns?!? Join us for Magical Unico...
04/08/2019

This ! Friday April 12th is a no school day for Albany/GAPS kids. Who doesn't LOVE unicorns?!? Join us for Magical Unicorn Day at the Carousel! We will have a special artist from Brushes and Blessings here to do MAGICAL face-painting ( prices from $5-$10). We will also have crafts and coloring as well as special magical unicorn headbands available for purchase in our gift shop (receive a ride token with your purchase). Celebrate your inner unicorn and join us! Open to all ages.

Dust your cape off!!! tomorrow is SUPERHERO Day!!! from 10am-2pm. We will have special SUPER guests from  Portland Super...
04/04/2019

Dust your cape off!!! tomorrow is SUPERHERO Day!!! from 10am-2pm. We will have special SUPER guests from Portland Superhero Coalition here to take pictures, ride the carousel and snag some fun super swag!. We have fun Superhero kits available for sale in our gift shop to help you dress the part. We will also have SUPER fun crafts. Everyone is welcome. See you tomorrow!🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️🦹‍♀️🦹‍♂️🎠

Check out a new project that is being restored in Sandpoint, ID. Like their page and follow their story.
04/03/2019

Check out a new project that is being restored in Sandpoint, ID. Like their page and follow their story.

Come see us this weekend at our new workshop #210A at Fifth and Cedar in Sandpoint!
We will have the 'stable' open on Friday from 6-8
Saturday from 10 to 4
Sunday from 10 to 4
We will also be in the Winter Carnival Parade this Friday Evening!!!

Thank you Only In Oregon 🎠💓
04/02/2019
Only In Oregon

Thank you Only In Oregon 🎠💓

This isn't an ordinary merry-go-round...this thing is a work of art!

Volunteer Spotlight Gena SellersWhen did you start volunteering?Gena started volunteering as a tour guide here at the ca...
04/02/2019

Volunteer Spotlight Gena Sellers

When did you start volunteering?
Gena started volunteering as a tour guide here at the carousel in April of 2018, but has been following us since we were located at Two Rivers Market.

Do you have a special carousel memory?
Her favorite carousel memory is when she discovered that animals like Neal have memorabilia placed into them like Neal's collar.

What do you like most about volunteering?
What she like best about volunteering is the Magic! The magic of the carving, the painting, meeting with customers and volunteers sharing the magic. Her favorite animal is Geno.

If you are ever interested in Volunteering at the Carousel, please see our website for more information. http://albanycarousel.com/volunteer/

Friday April 12th is a no school day for Albany/GAPS kids. Who doesn't LOVE unicorns?!? Join us for Magical Unicorn Day ...
04/02/2019

Friday April 12th is a no school day for Albany/GAPS kids. Who doesn't LOVE unicorns?!? Join us for Magical Unicorn Day at the Carousel! We will have a special artist from Brushes and Blessings here to do MAGICAL face-painting ( prices from $5-$10). We will also have crafts and coloring as well as special magical unicorn headbands available for purchase in our gift shop (receive a ride token with your purchase). Celebrate your inner unicorn and join us! Open to all ages.

Stop in TODAY! and ride our newest carousel additions. This is "hopper" and "flick". We are open 10am-5pm. 🤗😆😉
04/01/2019

Stop in TODAY! and ride our newest carousel additions. This is "hopper" and "flick". We are open 10am-5pm. 🤗😆😉

Thanks OregonWest Excursions.. Stop by anytime :)
03/27/2019

Thanks OregonWest Excursions.. Stop by anytime :)

We made our way home for Ashland with a few fun stops along the way including a tour and ride at the Albany Carousel… stay tuned our Fly Away Mystery tour is underway.

Friday Family Fun Night!!!! April 5th, 5:30pm-8:00pm. Just $5.00 admission. UNLIMITED RIDES!!! Crafts, Concessions, and ...
03/27/2019

Friday Family Fun Night!!!! April 5th, 5:30pm-8:00pm. Just $5.00 admission. UNLIMITED RIDES!!! Crafts, Concessions, and more!!! Open to everyone! (Children under three free, must have an accompanied adult)

Hey SUPERFRIENDS! Join us for a SUPER DAY at the Carousel! Friday, April 5th, 10:00-2:00 pm. Wear your SUPERHERO costume...
03/26/2019

Hey SUPERFRIENDS! Join us for a SUPER DAY at the Carousel! Friday, April 5th, 10:00-2:00 pm. Wear your SUPERHERO costume and take pics and ride the Carousel with the costumed characters of the Portland Superhero Coalition! No admission fee!

Volunteer Spotlight Paul and Mary PritchardWhen did you start volunteering?They started volunteering at the carousel in ...
03/26/2019

Volunteer Spotlight

Paul and Mary Pritchard

When did you start volunteering?
They started volunteering at the carousel in the months before the carousel opened.

What do you like most about volunteering?
They both love watching the children and getting to see their joy on the carousel. Paul operates the carousel while Mary assists.

Many of you may know Paul by his delightful impromptu singing of the carousel songs.

If you are ever interested in Volunteering at the Carousel, please see our website for more information. http://albanycarousel.com/volunteer/

03/25/2019

We are open today! 10am-5pm. For some it's the start of Spring Break!!.

03/22/2019

Friday Family fun night starts at 5:30! Unlimited rides just $5 per person!

Don't miss the fun!!! This Friday March 22nd from 5:30-8:00pm Join us for UNLIMITED carousel rides!! Just $5.00 admissio...
03/20/2019

Don't miss the fun!!! This Friday March 22nd from 5:30-8:00pm Join us for UNLIMITED carousel rides!! Just $5.00 admission. We will have lots of other fun activities. Don't miss the prize wheel, crafts, puzzles and coloring. We even have some new menu items to try in our Concessions. Bring the whole family!

Thank you to Best of the Northwest :)
03/19/2019
The Albany Carousel

Thank you to Best of the Northwest :)

Art and imagination go 'round and 'round in the Willamette Valley and the Albany carousel will give you a spin. The creative and imaginative creatures on their historic carousel go beyond the prancing horse. The project to create this carousel started with inspiration from carousels being restored i...

Volunteer SpotlightJulie KastlWhen did you start volunteering?Julie started volunteering at the carousel in November of ...
03/19/2019

Volunteer Spotlight

Julie Kastl

When did you start volunteering?
Julie started volunteering at the carousel in November of 2017. She had worked with our gift shop manager, Martha Miller who told her to come volunteer, as it was the best place for fun!

What do you like most about volunteering?
She mostly likes seeing the kids and their enthusiasm. Everyone is so friendly. Julie is a regular volunteer at the gift shop and as a carousel operator assistant.

Do you have a special carousel memory?
Her favorite carousel memory is coming to the carousel on opening day with her granddaughter.
They waited two hours in line, but says it was worth every minute!

If you are ever interested in Volunteering at the Carousel, please see our website for more information. http://albanycarousel.com/volunteer/

03/18/2019

Magical moment at the 🎠. We were treated to an impromptu performance from Ugandan Kids Choir. Thank you!

Volunteer Spotlight Nat LetsonWhen did you start volunteering?After retiring from the Juvenile Department, I was looking...
03/12/2019

Volunteer Spotlight

Nat Letson

When did you start volunteering?
After retiring from the Juvenile Department, I was looking for a place to volunteer, but my one criteria was that it had to be a place quite unlike what my profession had been. I brought a couple of visitors in to the Carousel project and loved what I saw. I realized that everyone who left had a smile on their face. This was the place I wanted to volunteer and so in April of 2010, I walked in and asked how I could volunteer, but explained that they didn’t want me to carve or paint. I started in the gift shop and later began to give a tour now and then, eventually working into a regular tour guide amongst other volunteer duties.

What do you like most about volunteering?
I love interacting with all the people that come in to visit! They are fascinating and have stories of their own to share, and while I have the opportunity to hear their stories, I get to share the history of the carousel and stories of the animals with them. And as an Assistant Operator, I have the opportunity to help children become comfortable on the carousel and have a fun time, with a wave or a high five. Or watching our more mature citizens ride the carousel with smiles galore, as they remember back to fond childhood experiences – it is such a treat to be a part of that! It is a very happy place to be!

Do you have a special carousel memory?
When I was traveling with my granddaughter, who was about 5 years old at the time, in Minnesota, we came upon a carousel at a local mall. This was my granddaughter’s first carousel experience. The attendant waved at her each time the carousel went around and my granddaughter, a shy, quiet child, was beaming from ear to ear and began to wave back. I have never forgotten that and now make the effort, especially with children who seem a bit shy, to catch their eye and wave at them! It is so exciting when they begin to wave back!
My other memory is with my grandson when he was perhaps about 4 years old. It was early on in our carousel history that I brought him in to see the carving studio. I was not sure what to expect, but he had always loved tools of all sorts. One of the carvers asked if he wanted to carve, and did my grandson ever beam! Under the very careful supervision of the carver and with a gentle hand laid on my grandson’s hand, he was allowed to trim some shavings off the wood. He was absolutely thrilled!
I hope everyone gets that special feeling while riding the Carousel that I get – becoming Mary Poppins and riding off on your Carousel horse – or cat – or frog!

If you are ever interested in Volunteering at the Carousel, please see our website for more information. http://albanycarousel.com/volunteer/

Address

503 1st Ave. W
Albany, OR
97321

General information

503 1st Avenue W. Albany, OR, 97321 Monday 10am-5pm Tuesday's -CLOSED Wednesday 10am-5pm Thursday's 10am-5pm Friday's 10-5pm Saturday 10am-5pm Sunday 10am-5pm Free Admission! Rides are $2 each Tours available!

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(541) 497-2934

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