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Leavenworth, Kansas: C.W. Parker Carousel Museum

An old carousel factory has examples of its work on exhibit, including at least one that you can ride.

320 S. Esplanade St., Leavenworth, KS
Downtown, along the river. From US Hwy 73/4th St. turn east onto Shawnee St, drive three blocks, then turn right onto Esplanade St. and drive south three blocks. On the right.
Th- Sa 11 am - 5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. Closed January. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Guided tours $6; rides $1.25 each
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C.W. Parker Carousel Museum

A friend and I recently visited the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum. Parker built many carousels in his career and was a millionaire by the time he was 30 years old. Guided or self-guided tours include a carousel ride. $6.00 admission, or you can just ride the carousel for $1.50. The museum is run entirely by volunteers. Definitely a fun hour or so of your time!

[Lisa Burnine, 10/13/2020]


C.W. Parker Carousel Museum

Informative 15 minute video history of carousels. One room dedicated to many different carousel manufacturers. Ride arguably the fastest carousel in the country, 1913 #118 Parker carousel. See the oldest operating carousel in the country, the 1850 Primitive. Home of C.W. Parker, largest manufacturer of carousels in the country. Also houses the National Carousel Association archives.

[Pauline Graeber, 09/03/2012]
C. W. Parker Carousel Museum

C.W. Parker built many carousels in his day and was quite good at promoting his business. The admission price to the museum includes a ride on his 1913 carousel. Also included is a hand-cranked carousel dating to the 1850's. It may be the oldest working carousel in the world. The museum is run by volunteers and they're very friendly.

[Andrea DeHart, 07/08/2006]

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