Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more with advance reservations. They may be scheduled almost any day and time throughout the year, even when the Museum is not open to the general public. Tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance, and all visits are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
Tours can be adapted to all ages, from preschool to senior citizen. The price for guided tours is $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 2-16. Tour company representatives, teachers, and Scout leaders are given complimentary admission with the group.
Guided tours last approximately 1 hour. Our docents lead visitors throughout the public spaces in the factory complex, explaining the history of carousel and band organ production in the Tonawandas, and the operation of this particular factory.
Tour groups view large photo murals mounted throughout the building showing the factory complex in operation in 1919, as well as the carving shop, the music roll production shop, and the Lockman Exhibit. All visits end with a ride on either our 1916 #1 Special adult carousel or our Kiddie Carousel in the Children’s Gallery.
Other amenities include a wonderful gift shop, picnic tables outside, handicapped-accessible restrooms and motor coach parking. For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact the museum at (716) 693-1885. We would be happy to assist with other arrangements you may require for your visit to the Tonawandas.
In School Program
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum has three lesson plans for elementary aged classes meeting NYS curriculum requirements. Each lesson plan focuses on a different aspect of carrousel production, incorporating lessons in arts, science, 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. The following is a brief description of each program:
Carrousel Decoration: Students will explore the different styles and types of carrousel animals. In this workshop, each individual will demonstrate an understanding of the similarities and differences between styles and will create a representation of his or her favorite style. Arts 1,2,3/ELA 1,3
Simple Machines: Students will learn and be able to identify the seven simple machines. Participants will also learn and understand the concepts of work and force. This interactive workshop provides students with practical experience working with simple and compound machines. MST 1, 4, 5/ Arts 1/ SS1
Local History – North Tonawanda companies and the Erie Canal: The Erie Canal influenced the work, life and culture of Western New York in many ways. This workshop will focus on how the Allan Herschell Carrousel Factory and other local industries benefited and changed with the Erie Canal. SS 1, 3/ELA 1/ Arts 1, 3
Note: A $25.00 charge will be invoiced for tours which have not been canceled at least 48 hours before the scheduled time of arrival. Please plan to stay a minimum of one and one half hours, so your guests will have time to see all of our exhibits and browse in our gift shop.