Carousel Museum Videos Online

We loved working with Brian Carabee from Ariel Arts Imaging on this mini film of the Museum. Check out Brian's other videos and movies online at

Check out our YouTube Channel with our entire history of New England Carousel Museum video archives as well as vintage carousel and carousel cousin ride footage!


Virtual Tour for the Simsbury Public Library hosted LIVE on 7.9.2020 with Morgan Urgo, Kristen Berggren, Judith Baker, and Lisa Ronalter.

Meet the Collection #2: The Game Bird Horse c. 1912 Carved by John Zalar while working for Charles Looff. Donated to the New England Carousel Museum by Marianne Stevens, co-author of Painted Ponies.

The Gamebird Horse was carved around 1912 at the Charles Looff carousel factory of Riverside, RI. Looff opened the first carousel at Coney Island in 1876; it was carved using leftover wood from his furniture business. This carousel was an instant success and dozens more followed; by the late 1800's Looff opened a factory in RI and had many carvers on his payroll. This particular horse was carved by John Zalar, an Austrian immigrant considered by many experts to be one of the most talented carvers of the Golden Age. 

Meet the Collection #3: Hippocampus Kiley Collection


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