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Carousel of Happiness, Inc.

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment
  • Veterans & Military Families


PO BOX 1811NEDERLAND, CO 80466 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Carousel of Happiness, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, is to bring joy and art into the community, providing an accessible, inclusive environment, and partnering with groups which benefit people in crisis and those with special needs.


The Carousel of Happiness is Nederland Colorado’s magical menagerie featuring 56 whimsical, hand-carved animals on a restored 1910 Looff carousel, turning to the music of a 1913 Wurlitzer band organ.

The Carousel of Happiness is...
  • A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
  • A unique, participatory exhibit of folk art
  • A living piece of American history
  • A destination for people with disabilities
  • A demonstration building for green, energy-saving technologies
  • An outpost of simple joy for young and old!

The Carousel has 36 colorful, hand-carved animals to ride, and 25 smaller animals keeping them company. Tiny fairies fly overhead and hide in the shadows.

Upstairs there is an observation window, a small party room, and a Do-It-Yourself Puppet Theatre housed in a lovingly restored anitque band organ facade.

The Carousel Gift Shop sells high-quality toys, books, posters, gifts, puppets, and the work of local artists and artisans.


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