International Museum of Carousel Art

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The International Museum of Carousel Art is a museum in Hood River in the U.S. state of Oregon focused on carousels. The museum claims to be the largest such collection in the world.[1] It has 8,000 to 10,000 visitors per year.[2]

The museum was founded in 1983 as the Portland Carousel Museum after the founders, Duane and Carol Perron, helped restore a 1914 carousel in the late 1970s. It is a non profit organization.[3] The Hood River museum opened October 17, 1999 and attracted about three thousand visitors in its first year.[4]

The collection contains about 110 carved animals, an operational Wurlitzer band organ, chariots, and other artifacts. The exhibits feature European animals, major American carvers, armored horses, and the restoration process.[3] As of late 2010 (and through mid 2013) the museum is closed for relocation from 304 Oak Street.[5]


  1. ^ Bill Campeau (April 29, 1999). "World's Largest Carousel Museum to Open". Hood River News. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  2. ^ Patrick Johnson (2006). "International Museum of Carousel Art good for kids and adults alike". Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  3. ^ a b "All about the International Museum of Carousel Art". Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  4. ^ Raelynn Gill (October 24, 2000). "Carousel Museum Celebrates First-Year-Go-Round". Hood River News. Retrieved 2010-12-29. 
  5. ^ "Visit Us". Retrieved 2010-12-29. 

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Coordinates: 45°42′32″N 121°30′49″W / 45.708974°N 121.513537°W / 45.708974; -121.513537