Historic Carousel and Museum Breaks Ground at New Location
The wheels are in motion at the Albany Historic Carousel and Museum, which has finally found a permanent home. After 12 years of carving and painting animals, and raising money, the museum broke ground on its new building on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The new building will feature a 1909 restored Dentzel carousel and over 50 hand carved animals created from 152,000 recorded hours of volunteer work.
Join us as we carve and paint our way into carousel history, as well as into the hearts and imagination of all that visit the studio and museum.
Current location: 250 SW Broadalbin St. Albany, OR 97321
Experience history in the making at Albany’s Historic Carousel Carving studio and museum. Free to everyone and open six days a week year-round, the carousel project allows visitors to witness a team of volunteer wood-carvers and artists at work creating a menagerie of hand-crafted carousel animals. The 52 whimsical animals destined for placement on the carousel range from a 7-foot-tall giraffe to a mythical mer-horse. All are carved entirely by hand, and each takes more than year to create. Finished animals are on display at the museum, and visitors are welcome to photograph and climb on the completed pieces, in addition to watching the artists at work.
The museum also houses a collection of historic carousel animals and carousel memorabilia dating back to 1885, donated by the Dentzel family, who began making carousels in Germany in 1850 and continued the craft after emigrating to America in the 1850s.
A historic carousel mechanism from 1909, also donated by the Dentzel family, has been fully restored and will serve as the centerpiece for the Albany Carousel once the animals are complete and the carousel building has been constructed.
Touring the Studio and Museum:
The carving studio and museum are open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. and is open on holidays with the exception of Christmas and Thanksgiving. Visitors of all ages are welcome and admission is free. Group tours can be arranged by calling 541-791-3340.
Touring the Carousel Mechanism:
The restored 1909 carousel mechanism has been restored to fully operational condition and several finished animals have been mounted on the structure. The mechanism is housed on private property until the new carousel building is complete. Tours of the mechanism are available on Saturdays; call 541-791-3340 for directions and to schedule a spot on a free carousel mechanism tour.