C.W. Parker Carousel Museum and Gift Shop

Ride on a restored 1913 antique carousel made in Leavenworth at the turn of the century.  The museum is dedicated to telling the remarkable story of C.W. Parker, the “Carnival King.”  The carousel has 24 wooden, hand-carved horses, three ponies, two rabbits, “lovers tub” and chariot benches available for the handicapped.

There is also a static display of the oldest operating, hand-cranked, wooden carousel built around 1890 and a 1950s carousel with aluminum horses built by Paul Parker, C.W. ‘s son.

Special arrangements can be made for parties, birthday, receptions, weddings, meetings, and dinners.  A teacher’s curriculum is available for school trips.

Contact Information

Tony Baker
Reservations and Information:

320 South Esplanade Street, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048, United States

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Thursday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Seasons Open

    February thru December
  • Prices and Fees

  • Accessibility

    ADA accessible
  • Locally or Family Owned Notes

    The C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is located in Leavenworth, KS, and is one of several museums sponsored by the Leavenworth Historical Museum Association. The Carousel Museum is a non-profit organization that operates through community donations and volunteer efforts. Best of all, it celebrates all that is beautiful and good with carousels. Visitors can ride a carousel that’s more than 100 years old.