The Children’s Museum of Memphis has restored the 1909 Dentzel Memphis Grand Carousel. It will go from being a hidden gem to being propelled into the national spotlight to rally Memphians’ pride in their city and bring joy to future generations.
A Rich History and a Bright Future
Thousands of Memphians have some kind of memories of the Grand Carousel. Built in 1909, it was originally purchased by the Memphis Park Commission in 1923. The Grand Carousel is a classic and famous merry-go-round with ornate horses, hand-carved by Gustave Dentzel. The Grand Carousel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 before going into storage after Libertyland closed. Currently restored, the Grand Carousel returned to service on December 2, 2017, in an all-new facility located next to The Children's Museum.
Be a Part of Restoring History
The Memphis Grand Carousel has been renovated by an industry-leading team in Marion, Ohio. The 29-month process cost about $1.1 million.
During the restoration period, CMOM built a brand-new Carousel Pavilion & Ballroom adjacent to the museum for the Memphis Grand Carousel’s return. The total cost of this project cost $4.5 million.
The Children's Museum of Memphis is in the heart of Memphis and has been a destination for family fun since opening in 1990. Housed in a former Tennessee National Guard armory, the museum features year-round exhibits, an outdoor Splash Park and playground, educational programs, and more.
In 2014, CMOM achieved accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, donors, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.