Thanks for the memories
The carousels exhibit at the Museum of Idaho is excellent. My daughter-in-law took me and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Much preparation and planning had gone into the project, which was evident. The many carousel animals, all restored and from a variety of countries, are just beautiful.
Not only is the exhibit itself enjoyable, but what it symbolizes to some of us adds to the pleasure. I grew up in a little town in Indiana. Each September, a neighboring town held a fair. Each year, one day was set aside when children were allowed to attend for free.
The warm days, the crowd, the music, and laughing with friends left an indelible memory on us children of the Depression years of the 1930's. And, most of all, in my pocket resided a shiny dime that Mother had given me to spend anyway I liked.
All afternoon I could feel that dime in my pocket and pondered how I would spend it. The anticipation of it was part of the treat. I usually settled on a nice, large glass of homemade pink lemonade and I savored every swallow.
Time to go home once again, we left tired and happy, dreaming of the next September when we could once more attend the "Bourbon Fair."
Thanks for the memories, Idaho Falls Museum. You gave me a lovely gift.
-Lorene Clark from Idaho Falls
We attended the exhibit last night and it was lovely. The Museum of Idaho is one of the happiest places on earth right now! We had various ages in our group and everyone loved it. My son is 11, my daughters are 21, and 25, and each was enthusiastic about everything on display.
I want to commend your docents for being so friendly, and especially informative with the subject matter. We enjoyed learning more about the carousels. It was a great 'Night at the Museum' for our family.
GET OVER THERE (Feb. 13, 2013)
Whenever I come to Idaho Fall to visit family, however briefly, I try to include a visit to the Museum of Idaho. Before this visit, somehow I didn't feel much enthusiasm for the current exhibit, "Carousels: Art and History in Motion."
How could it possibly compare to "Ink and Blood," a visual story of how the Bible developed from stone tablets to the present-day book so many value? Or to "Teeth, Tails, & Trouble," featuring the worlds' best-known dinosaur (which, as it turned out, was only a small part of the knowledge and wonder that were so beautifully displayed and clearly described.) I went to see "Carousels" anyway, and here's how it compares: It is quite simply a joy to behold! Even without reading the museum's consistently well-written descriptions of the history, art, and even science involved, this display's variety, beauty, and whimsy are exciting and delightful, if not breathtaking.
If you are thinking, "Carousels" has little to attract your visit, think again...but don't think too long. Just get over there and enjoy yourself.
Karen M., Chugiak, Alaska
I just have to warn you... I put a bug in my bosses ear about today's free admission day and now almost every class from Little People's Academy will be there to check out the carousel exhibit! This will be my 3rd time seeing this exhibit, but everyone else is so excited as well! Thank you for this chance to let us take all our kiddos on a surprise field trip! -Tara M.
We loved this exhibit. We were surprised to find out how few carousels are left in the world. It was fun to see so many beautifully made horses (and chickens) in one place.
We enjoyed the exhibit, but were disappointed to find out that the carousel cost money to ride. This would have been fine, if we had know before hand and we could have been prepared. Very disappointed. The carousel figures were very nice and we were surprised by how much information the volenteers shared with us. Just wish we could have know before hand.
This is a wonderful collection and a must see for anyone who enjoys working with wood or just wants to feel like a kid again. V-Warren
The Carousel show is fantastic. It's art at its very most fun. -Trish C.
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