If you are planning a trip to Albany this summer and are looking into a fun activity for the family, look no further! Albany is getting its first carousel! After 12 long years of creating, raising money and advertising the Historic carousel and museum have broken ground and are only months away from opening its doors to the public. Located in Historic Downtown Albany, this phenomenal building will include 52 hand crafted animals that each tell its own story.
With more than 152,000 recorded volunteer hours, there will be three rows of animals, the first row being standers and the next two rows being jumpers. Each row has two replacement animals as well as seasonal animals bringing the total to 63 animals. Each piece of the carousel is 100% hand carved and painted.
The museum was gifted a 1909 Dentzel Carousel Corporation mechanism by Bill Dentzel the great grandson of Gustav Dentzel the founder of Dentzel Carousel corporation. Their family began making carousels in Germany in the 1850’s. The original plan was to buy a new mechanism but it would only hold about 32 animals. This mechanism has taken about ten years to restore to working order and is now fully functional.
The museum will showcase a collection of historic carousel animals and memorabilia dating back to 1885 donated by the Dentzel family and will include large event space, perfect for weddings, parties and gatherings of all sorts.
The carousel will be opening sometime in June, they have yet to establish an actual opening date but, were sure it’s going to be magical!
If you would like to know more about the carousel, please contact the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum at (541)791-3340