On Thursday night, the New England Carousel Museum hosted a reception for the opening of two new exhibits for the Riverside Avenue institution.
“Stagecraft: 50 years of Design at Hartford Stage” featured several costumes from the award-winning regional theater company. The costumes are mounted on mannequins, which are integrated into the exhibits of carousel horses at the museum. The costumes are on loan from the stage company, which has been lending them out for exhibits over the past few months. Bristol was its latest stop. The exhibit will be on display through May 15.
“Animals in Carousel Art,” the other exhibit opening on Thursday, displays some of the other animals, in addition to horses, that have made their way to carousels through the ages. There are pigs, roosters, and, or course, horses, all accompanied with explanations about their history and meaning in the annals of carousels.
The New England Carousel Museum is located at 95 Riverside Ave., Bristol. For more information, go to TheCarouselMuseum.org or call (860) 585-5411.
Here are some images from tonight’s reception of the exhibits.
PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN