The Grand Carousel will return to the Mid-South Fairgrounds in a new state-of-the art facility.
We knew the value and history of the carousel and we had a mission to construct a building worthy of this new exhibit. Not only did it require a building for the carousel, but we needed space for an expected increased attendance of 150,000 more visitors and school children each year. The construction is complete and cost $4.5 million.
The timing of the project also includes an overall campus expansion with more space for the museum’s numerous educational camps, bring our birthday party business back, and provide much needed space for school children on field trips to eat lunch. The inside of the museum is bursting at the seams, so we are looking forward to having some additional spaces to accommodate our guests. Not only is the carousel the crown jewel of our campus, but it is an attractive venue. According to the National Carousel Association, brides love to have carousel themed receptions and/or weddings, and this opens up a new world for the museum for facility rentals. This additional income will help further the museum’s mission and help us reach many different audiences we haven’t served before.