1928 Spillman Carousel
The 1928 Spillman Carousel will close temporarily beginning January 9, 2024, to allow for significant riverfront construction and carousel pavilion access modifications.
The 1928 Spillman Carousel
on the Grand River
Know Before You Go
- Capacity limited for Carousel rides. Because the 1928 Spillman Carousel is in the process of being renovated, this renovation requires monitoring. For this reason, the GRPM has limited capacity on this historic ride until the renovation is complete to ensure guest safety and proper weight limit monitoring while we update this artifact.
Carousel rides are free for all visitors with the purchase of a general admission ticket! Tickets must be reserved in advance.
Each rider under 42” tall must have their own dedicated adult supervision with them while riding on the Carousel. All riders are required to obey every oral or written warning prior to and during their ride.
Get involved in the Renovation
The Peter C. & Emajean Cook Foundation will provide a 2:1 match for donations up to $300,000; for every dollar donated, the Cook Foundation will contribute $2 towards the 1928 Spillman Carousel renovation project.
To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Katie VanDoeselaar at 616.929.1736 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renovations to the 1928 Spillman Carousel include mechanical and electrical upgrades, installation of 1,200 LED light bulbs, band organ repairs and initial steps toward restoring 52 horses and menagerie animals and two chariots. Upon reopening, the Carousel will be equipped with bilingual signage and instructional recordings, as well as additional communication features for those who are blind, low vision, deaf or hard of hearing.
Ongoing and future updates include the creation of a wheelchair accessible chariot and the integration of a ramp for wheelchair access. The full renovation and restoration of the menagerie animals of the Carousel will take additional time to complete, and the Museum will continue to swap out animals to keep the Carousel running during this continued work.
Renovation Behind-the-Scenes Videos
Welcome to the captivating journey of the 1928 Spillman Carousel Renovation at the Grand Rapids Public Museum! Join us as we go behind the scenes, witnessing the meticulous restoration process and the dedicated team of experts who brought this iconic carousel back to life. Discover the secrets, artistry, and passion that went into preserving this cherished piece of history. Get ready to be mesmerized by the beauty of the carousel’s transformation in this captivating YouTube playlist.