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From the Director

The Carousel Museum is committed to be a transformational partner. Building relationships with our home community of Bristol Connecticut as well as our National and International Carousel Community.


Since the COVID-19 pandemic, like so many, the museum was forced to pause and  reflect on what was truly important. We used this time to evaluate what institutional vision and values truly are, and what we want them to be. Since March of 2019, the Carousel Museum has worked hard to become financial stable, survived the Pandemic, and completed a Strategic Plan. Including an 11 phase Capital Improvement Plan to update our buildings and grounds, and plans to bring a Carousel to downtown Bristol.


With support from the Barnes Foundation, Inc. the Museum was able to create our Strategic Plan 2023 - 2027. This seven month process was guided and facilitated by Leadership Greater Hartford and Ted Carrol. This process allowed us to discuss and review our mission, vision, collection, and building, but also the needs of our staff, visitors, volunteers, and community through discussions with community partners and deep internal organizational reflation.


The result is a truly broad and transformational guiding document that will allow the Museum to make a transformational impact in our community, while building our sustainability model, and becoming more inclusive. 


It is an honor and privilege to lead this unique and joyful organization in partnership with our Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers.

There is so much work to be done in the world of Carousel preservation and education. We hope that you will join us at one of our many programs or community events, so that we can share our passion and dedication for this incredibly underserved American art form. 


Thank you for your support, we cannot wait to share with you our collection, vision, and passion for both our home city of Bristol and the world of Carousel.

Morgan Urgo

Executive Director 

Morgan Urgo the ED is riding a brown carousel horse

Morgan Urgo, Executive Director rides Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel number 18, built c. 1909 that currently operates at Destiny USA in Syracuse, New York.


Dan Robinson, editor Merry-Go-Roundup

photo credit: John Caruso, 2021.

Carousel Museum Collection


In preparation for your year end tax donations, please consider donating to the Carousel Museum's transportation fund! Our permanent collection of carousel animals continues to grow each year. Donations to the collection have come from all over the United States including, Maine, Connecticut, New York, Kansas,  Las Vegas, New Jersey, California, and New York. Your support of our transportation fund will help us get these animals to the Museum and into their forever home! 

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