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C.W.Parker Carousel Museum

320 South Esplanade

The C.W.Parker Carousel Museum opened in April 2005. It has three operating carousels, a 1850 Primitive Carousel, a restored 1913 Parker Carousel and a restored 1950 Parker Carousel. The Museum has many Parker artifacts. It tells the story of the C.W.Parker Amusement Company of Leavenworth, KS who made more carousels than any other company in the U.S. Visitors can also learn the History of all American Carousels. There are tours of the Museum that includes a carousel ride and also Educational Tours for school groups. Three party rooms are available to rent. The Museum has an all volunteer staff. Volunteers also restored the two Parker Carousels.

It is a FUN museum for all ages!!


Kim Wiley

Saturday, June 23, 2018
My friend and I enjoyed our visit very much. The museum is quite interesting. There are several old carousel horses on display as well as an extremely old carousel. The working carousel is beautiful. I had a great time riding it. I highly recommend visiting this wonderful museum while in Leavenworth.

Jessica Stafford

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Had my daughter's 1st birthday party here and it was a hit! Very affordable for the experience you get! Staff is incredibly friendly and helpful! They made sure everyone was comfortable, safe, and having a great time! Cannot say enough great things about this place, especially the people who work there!

Jennifer Sheets

Friday, March 30, 2018
Always a fun time for my boys! It goes pretty quick, so be aware of that. But even from pretty tiny, I took them on rides and held them or had them close and tight in a carrier with no problems. The whole place is kept up so nice too. We will definitely miss it when we have to leave the area.

Ngozi Collins

Monday, July 16, 2018
Great historic location to learn a little more about Leavenworth. Has the oldest carousel ever on display. Great for kids to see and experience.

Mary Hickie

Saturday, March 31, 2018
This is a lovely Museum housing a 150 year old carousel that provides a rides for children and adults. The volunteers are welcoming and friendly. The carousel has two sizes of horses. The large horses do ride high and smaller children (ages 3-6 years) would be best suited to the smaller horses (unless you have a daredevil). For children who are sensitive to noises the carousel does play music which maybe a little too loud. While children enjoy the ride, the older carousel is more interesting to the adult's. The cost of a ride is very reasonable and something you can do on a rainy day.

C.W.Parker Carousel Museum is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media