The Children’s Museum of Memphis is restoring 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 being restored, the Grand Carousel will return to service in 2017 in an all-new facility located next to The Children's Museum.
Be a Part of Restoring History
Currently, the Memphis Grand Carousel is being renovated by an industry-leading team in Marion, Ohio. The two-year process will cost approximately $1 million.
During the restoration period, CMOM is preparing a brand-new Carousel Pavilion & Ballroom adjacent to the museum for the Memphis Grand Carousel’s return. It will be in a fully restored condition and operational for generations to come. The total cost of this project is estimated to be $5 million, which will be raised through a capital campaign.
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.