Help us bring joy.

How we 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.

Wendy Kirbey, Carousel Founder

15 years after Wendy first had her idea, our world-class tourist destination, community hub, and downtown anchor finally opened its doors on August 15th, 2017.

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 families celebrate their milestones- from birthdays to baby showers
    and everything between

Visitors from all over the world come to see this gem of downtown Albany- to take a ride on our carousel and tour our museum.  

We’ve had visitors from all 50 states and from more than 40 countries!


You can support the carousel in several ways:

  • Donate through our safe and secure donation platform set up through Paypal 
  • Donations can be mailed directly to the carousel: 503 1st Ave W Albany, OR 97321

Interested in donating stock, in-kind donations, corporate giving, or planned giving?

Contact our executive director via email [email protected] or by phone 541.497.2934

Leave your mark for generations to come.
Purchase a brick with your unique message for our brick garden. 

Bricks make great gifts!

  • Honor someone’s retirement
  • Memorialize a loved one’s life
  • Celebrate weddings and birthdays
  • Promote your business in our community

Leave your mark in our Brick Garden.

Small Brick
4×8 inches
Up to 3 lines of text
18 characters (including spaces)

Large Brick
8×8 inches
Up to 7 lines of text
Seven lines of 9, 15, 18, 18, 18, 15, and 9
characters each (including spaces)

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