The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is proud to be an event sponsor for the third annual New York Heritage Weekend taking place May 19 and 20. Celebrating the state's unique role in shaping America, Heritage Weekend features special programs and events from New York City, north to the Canadian border, west to Buffalo, and everywhere in between. It's an exciting, statewide event and a great way to kick-off the summer tourism season.
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum will participate in the event by offering free admission to all visitors from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. If you've always wanted to check out the museum, or come back for a repeat visit, this is the perfect time. Enjoy the exhibits on carrousel and band organ production, displays of antique carrousel horses, and hands-on children's gallery all at no charge. Learn more about how horses were made by talking with a woodcarver who will be demonstrating this vanishing craft each day. For younger visitors, hands-on crafts will provide an additional way to experience the legacy of Herschell carrousels in the local community.
Heritage Weekend is made possible through partnerships with federal, state and private organizations, and the work of hundreds of volunteers at heritage destinations across the state. In 2011, Heritage Weekend attracted 20,000 visitors and brought in more than $1.6 million in two days - proving that celebrating this state's unique history is not only fun, but also good for the local economy.
Rides on either the 1916 Allan Herschell full-size carousel or the 1940s kiddie carousel are not included in free admission, but may be purchased for 50 cents each.
The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum is housed in the historic Allan Herschell Company Factory building at 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. For directions and further information about special events, programs, or group tours, visit www.carrouselmuseum.org, call 716-693-1885 or email [email protected].