Merry-Go-Round Museum gears up for 2024 season

The Merry-Go-Round Museum’s 2024 season is about to begin, and with it comes exciting new exhibits for visitors to enjoy. The museum opens for the season starting from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 3.

What’s new: An additional exhibit space in the museum’s Parker Room will contain new items, including scenery panels and rounding boards, according to Kurri Lewis, executive director and curator of the museum.

The panels and boards, Lewis says, “[A]re amazing works of art on their own, but are something that is often overlooked when talking about carousels in general.”

Panels on display include those from the Edgewater Park carousel that was located in Michigan, as well as a few carousel animals from the same machine.

“The panels are in original paint, so the rarity of them is something special for this exhibit,” Lewis says.

The Merry-Go-Round Museum will feature new exhibits in the Parker Room.This year’s events: The Merry-Go-Round Museum even has amusement to offer the public outside of its normal business hours. 

Its first event of the 2024 season is Leaps & Hops, a beer sampling event, which will take place on Feb. 29 (Leap Day) at the museum. The ticket price ($20 for pre-purchase and $25 day-of) includes five, 5-ounce pours from local establishments, a hopping shuttle, and a mini Leaps & Hops mug.

The museum’s biggest event is the Toast of Ohio Wine Festival, which is slated for June 8 at the Jackson Street Pier. Local wineries will offer their wines, and local food trucks will be stationed on the pier as well. Visitors also can enjoy works from the Sandusky Art League.

Why is it important: Supporting the museum is key in keeping the history of the carousel alive.

“Seeing as this area has such a rich history for amusements, the carousel in today's world is often overlooked with the large coasters,” Lewis says. “Having the museum here in town makes sure the art and history of the carousel never fades away. These works of art were made for a ride, but they showcase so much more than just that. We are able to showcase artifacts that come from all over the United States from private collectors and let us bring these creations back into the public eye for all to enjoy.”

How to get involved: For hours, admission prices, and more, visit the museum’s website, email [email protected], or call 419-626-6111. Also check out the museum’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.