For Teachers

The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum welcomes the opportunity to work with classroom teachers, home school teachers, scout leaders and others who teach our children.  Our Education Director will collaborate with you to provide curriculum that compliments your classroom activities. Workshops can be planned to teach core concepts in STEAM (Science Math Engineering Art Math) placed in a historical context.  Our Education Director is happy to work with you to meet your curriculum needs in planning classroom lessons or museum tours. Just in time for the holiday season, we have a special Holiday STEM Adventure tour for students!

We are honored to have won the “Excellence in Collaboration” award for our partnership with Fletcher Elementary School in the Tonawanda City School District during the 2015-16 school year! Thank you to the Erie County Association of School Boards and Hodgson Russ LLP for honoring our partnership.

The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum has four lesson plans for elementary aged classes meeting NYS curriculum requirements. Each lesson plan focuses on a different aspect of carrousel and band organ production, incorporating lessons in STEAM, history and ELA. The cost of these workshops is $6.00/person. The museum requires one (FREE) adult chaperone for every 10 children visiting the museum. Additional chaperones are welcomed at the discounted cost of $5.00/adult. Each workshop can be facilitated on site at the museum or in your school. Contact Megan Hahin, the Education Director, at to find out more information.

The following is a brief description of each program:

Workshops (Suggested for 4th and 5th grade students)
Other workshops available through consultation with Museum Educator.

• Simple Machines: Students will tour the museum and go on a scavenger hunt for simple machines. They will be given a ride on our complex machine, the 1916 Carrousel! Students will have the opportunity to build their own complex machine, a moving carrousel horse out of cardboard.

• The Erie Canal: Students will learn about the historic Erie Canal and its importance to WNY. They will play an Erie Canal board game, and write a journal entry as child traveling on the canal 100 years ago.

• Coding: Students will have the opportunity to view our perforator machine that codes music for band organs, and then listen to the band organs play the code created. They will have the opportunity to “code” without computers in our Education Center.

• Force and Motion: Students will learn about Newton’s Laws by taking a ride on our Carrousel. They will participate in an experiment with a toy car and ramp to see how force and motion effect the car’s speed and distance.