Giving Tuesday Now

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Together we help.



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Did you know that it takes over $600 a day to operate the carousel?
As of Giving Tuesday our doors have been closed for 54 days. 

In the last 54 days we’ve missed:

  • 23,600 visitors
  • 96 parties not celebrated
  • 904 volunteer shifts 
  • 378 museum tours
  • 11 Community events canceled
  • 1 major fundraiser postponed 

The number we can’t count – the smiles. 

Your smiles bring us smiles and we miss them! Our staff and volunteers cannot wait for it to be safe for us to open our doors again. We know, now more than ever we all need some joy!

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It reminds me of how the carousel got started.

In 2002, Wendy Kirbey, our carousel founder, had a dream to bring a carousel to our city. She attended a Downtown revitalization meeting and someone mentioned that our downtown needed an anchor, a destination. Wendy thought “why not a carousel?”  Carousels have always been special to Wendy. They are a place were people of all ages and abilities can check their cares at the door and, for a few minutes, find some joy. 

People throughout our community came together, raised funds, donated skills and resources, and gave their time to build the carousel.

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Wendy Kirbey, Founder

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Fast forward 15 years and on August 15, 2017, our world-class tourist destination, community hub, and downtown anchor opened its doors. 

We have become a place where:

  • Families put down their phones and laugh together
  • Schools and daycares come for fun field trips
  • Grandparents make memories with grandkids
  • Albany celebrates baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, and milestones
  • Visitors come from all over to tour our museum. We have had visitors from over 30 countries and all 50 states
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What a difference a day makes.

  • $24 – Hours in a Day Donation
  • $54 – Shutdown Days Donation 
  • $92 – Summer Days Donation
  • $365 – A Year of Joy Donation
  • $994 – Days since our Grand Opening Donation


Every dollar helps and you can donate one of these amounts or any in between. All donations of $20 or more will receive our Shutdown Support Thank You Gift. We’ll send you 4 ride passes and gift shop coupon mailed to you, or you can pay it forward and we’ll mail your thank you gift to someone of your choosing. 

Albany Historic Carousel & Museum is a non-profit organization and our financial support is generated from those who visit our carousel and those who donate. We are a 501 C3 and donations are tax-deductible. 

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Your generous giving will bring joy for generations to come. Thank you!

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