Getting ready for the carousel to return to Memphis fully restored on December 2, 2017, we constructed 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 will the carousel be 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.

Rendering of the Ballroom looking into the carousel pavilion

Rendering of the Ballroom looking into the carousel pavilion

Rendering of the Pre-function space

Rendering of the Pre-function space