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C.W. Parker Carousel Museum

320 S Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048-1585
+1 913-682-1331
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Interesting short stop

We stopped in here but did not complete the full tour due to time. However, the working carousel... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
EMSchick312
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Near Topeka
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Fun and friendly

A truly amazing place and a wonderful staff make this museum a great stop for families and anyone... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
jematt17
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New Ulm, Minnesota
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The C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is a wonderful stop for the ENTIRE family. With 4 antique carousels, and a hand-carved, wood, carousel from 1913 that ALL who come can ride, it is a memorable museum. You can take a Guided Tour, a Virtual Guided Tour (utilizing QR codes), or just ride the fast, fun carousel. All tours include a short video and a carousel ride. An adult guided tour is only $6.00. Carousel rides are $1.50 and get cheaper the more you purchase. There is also a quaint, little gift shop, with many carousel items and much, much more. Whether you are 1 or 101 years old, a ride on the carousel is something special.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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320 S Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS 66048-1585
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+1 913-682-1331
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here but did not complete the full tour due to time. However, the working carousel inside is worth the stop. The carousel seems to go faster than most so please hang onto the little ones.

Thank EMSchick312
Pauline G, Public Relations Manager at C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're glad you enjoyed your short time at the carousel. Our carousel is arguably the fastest carousel in the country! Come visit us again and we'll see what we can do to make your visit better and raise your rating. Thanks!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A truly amazing place and a wonderful staff make this museum a great stop for families and anyone wanting to bring back memories of childhood. The exhibits are interesting and well done. But the best part is the carousels themselves - and getting to ride...More

Thank jematt17
Pauline G, Public Relations Manager at C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much. We are very happy you enjoyed your visit. We are all volunteers and we try our best to give everyone an enjoyable experience!

Reviewed 19 June 2017

We drove out of the way to see the Carousel Museum. They did not have antique carousels. They did not have the history you would think a museum would have. We are in Nevada City MT today and saw more antique carousel pieces by C.W....More

Thank Lindapolleychaffin
Pauline G, Public Relations Manager at C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Are you sure you visited the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum at 320 S. Esplanade in Leavenworth, KS? We have 3 carousels, a 1913 made by Parker, a 1950 made by his son Paul Parker and a primitive, 1850 which is believed to be the oldest...More

Reviewed 30 May 2017

We added this as an option for guests to ride for free during the first hour of my daughter's wedding reception.

Thank Shelia G
PARKERCAROUSELMUSEUM, Manager at C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

We are glad you enjoyed the carousel rides during your daughters wedding reception, in our carousel museum. Now just imagine what a fantastic experience it would have been, if she had held her wedding ceremony ON the carousel. The ride of a lifetime!

Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

If you want to experience a good time not only for the children, this place is fun for the adults as well. Ride the carousel that was made in Leavenworth years ago and found in a barn in Germany and brought back to town and...More

Thank rayrodriguez69
PARKERCAROUSELMUSEUM, Manager at C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

We appreciate your kind words about our carousel museum. But none of our 4 carousels were "found in a barn in Germany". As far as I know, none have been outside the USA. Our big 1913 carousel that you ride on, was stored for a...More

Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

I love old towns and old attractions and this is one of those places in Leavenworth. Carousel is beautiful. Nice gift shop. Sweet ppl that volunteer there.

Thank rkymtroxie
PARKERCAROUSELMUSEUM, Director at C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Thank you very much for your kind words. We think it is pretty special too. Did you know that the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is ranked as one of the top tourist attractions in the State of Kansas?

Reviewed 12 April 2017

The women running this place are really nice and enjoy what they do, the kids got to ride the carousel and got a free lollipop and got to go in the gift shop. One of the ladies that ran the carousel let my father, who...More

Thank Suzy S
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I've been here a few times with my one year old son. He loves to ride the carousel, which moves pretty fast. There are a few exhibits inside as well as a little shop if you want to get a little something.More

Thank Lynne S
PARKERCAROUSELMUSEUM, Manager at C.W. Parker Carousel Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2017

When your son gets a little older, explore the museum upstairs, it has hundreds of artifacts from the Parker era. He might also like to go out on the balcony overlooking the carousel and watch it operate from there. You can see all the gears...More

Reviewed 17 January 2017

We took our grandchildren to ride the carousel and they loved it! The related exhibits are interesting and informational. We have also taken our grandchildren to the "Small Mall", a Christmas shopping experience and fundraiser for the museum. Kids have a great time selecting low...More

Thank Jane G
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

I have to warn all parents, that is literally the fastest carousel I have ever been on. My husband and I ended up riding on the horses with our children to prevent them from flying off and to stop ourselves from getting sick. But it...More

Thank Jess R
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08051965
23 November 2016|
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Response from Pauline G | Property representative |
The C.W. stands for Charles Wallace. Thanks for the question!
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Gini D
25 October 2016|
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Response from Pauline G | Property representative |
Go to our website to see pictures of our carousel and thanks for asking! cw parker carousel museum all one word then add a period and org
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Rose W
8 March 2015|
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Response from Pauline G | Property representative |
Hi, Rose. Thanks for your inquiry about ornaments. The C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is in Leavenworth, KS not TX. Hopefully you meant the KS museum. Right now we have in stock our 100 year ornament which features our... More
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