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The Museum was opened to the public in July of 1983 operating the 1916 Allan Herschell carrousel in the original roundhouse. Through a rich artifact collection, the museum interprets the growth of the Herschell companies and changes in the amusement industry in the 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors explore the art, science, math, music, and social history of the early American amusement industry, from carrousels to coasters. Through exhibits, tours, and a variety of educational programming the museum helps visitors experience this fun and fascinating part of the past.

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Programs

Simple Machines

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Students will learn and be able to identify the seven simple machines. Participants will also learn and understand the concepts of work and force. This interactive workshop provides students with practical experience working with simple and compound machines. The program includes a museum tour in which students will also tour the museum to see how these machines were used in the production of Carrousels. Students will cooperate in small groups in order to build of a compound machine, a carrousel!  Workshop is customizable based on grade level.

 

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.
Grade Level:
4-8
Audience Limit:
30

Local History: The Erie Canal and North Tonawanda

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The Erie Canal influenced the work, life, and culture of Western New York in many ways. This workshop will focus on how the Allan Herschell Carrousel Factory and other local industries benefited and changed with the development of the Erie Canal. Students will tour the museum to learn about the history of carrousel production and how the canal and railroad system in North Tonawanda allowed the Herschell Companies to be the most prolific carrousel producers. At the end of the tour, students will collaborate using historical documents and maps to create a turn of the century Geo-Cache adventure. Workshop is customizable based on grade level.

Workshop can also be done as an outreach museum tour in schools.  Tour component will be replaced with a PowerPoint lecture.

 

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.
Grade Level:
4-4
Audience Limit:
30

Carrousel Art and Decoration

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Students will explore the different styles and types of carrousel animals. In this workshop, each individual will demonstrate an understanding of similarities and differences between styles as well as create a representation of his or her favorite style. Throughout the tour and workshop, students will engage in critical thinking while comparing and contrasting the popular carving styles. Workshop is customizable based on grade level.

Workshop can also be done as an outreach museum, in schools.  Tour will be replaced with a PowerPoint lecture.

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.
Grade Level:
Kindergarten-5
Audience Limit:
30