Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

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Why We Love This

  • Family friendly
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Popular choice with kids

Come be a Kid again!  Visit the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, located in the original Allan Herschell Company factory building, which houses a carving shop, paint room, assembly roundhouse, and loading dock. Explore the various rooms within the 7-structure complex. Ride a hand-carved and restored 1916 carousel. The Wurlitzer Music Roll Shop and four operating band organs play the music that makes the carousel ride magical. A Children’s Gallery provides hands-on learning and art activities for the entire family.

What You'll Do

The Herschell companies in North Tonawanda (located just 20 minutes from Niagara Falls, New York) produced over 3,000 hand-carved, wooden carousels. Many of their carousels were portable with simply carved horses, meant to be used by traveling carnivals. They were shipped all over the country. Today 71 of the 148 antique, hand-carved wooden carousels still in existence in the United States and Canada were made by Herschell. In the 1930s, the company started making small metal amusement rides for children and promoting a 'kiddieland' package to small businesses.

During a visit, view exhibits, watch a wood carving demonstration, listen to the magical sounds of a band organ, view the music roll-making shop, ride a 1916, hand-carved carousel, ride four kiddie rides (in the summer), and shop in an extensive gift shop.

Cancellations & Refunds

Can be canceled up to 48hrs in advance



Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Time

April 1 – June 10: Spring Hours 12:00PM – 4:00PM, Wednesdays – Sundays; Closed Mondays and Tuesday June 11 – September 19: Summer Hours 10:00AM – 4:00PM, Mondays – Saturdays; 12:00PM – 4:00PM Sundays

September 20 – December 30: Fall Hours 12:00PM – 4:00PM, Wednesdays – Sundays; 

The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is closed Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Departure Point

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
A small amount of walking is involved
Wheelchair accessible
The carrousel has a weight restriction of 200 pounds
The kiddie rides have height restrictions that vary per ride


Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation to/from attractions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Food and drinks


Admission fee
Local taxes
One ride token, additional tokens may be purchased for 50 cents, USD

Departure Point: Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

"This is a trip back..."

October 6, 2016 - 

This is a trip back to childhood for anyone who loved carousel rides! There was only one family of 6 besides the two of us at the time the gate opened for admission. As a result, we were blessed to have Barb give us a private tour. Her knowledge was amazing, and the enthusiasm is shared by all the volunteers who were there. The history of how the horses are built and seeing the tools used and how the music comes to be -- well, ya just gotta go!

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