The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum isn't waiting for the restored 1924 Spillman Engineering Corp. carousel to open in Canalside in 2019.
The museum is presenting an exhibition featuring three of the restored menagerie animals. It also tells the story of the company, the three other Herschell-Spillman amusement companies and the workers who worked there.
A restored deer and two horses are on display, along with text panels about the restoration and the De Angelis family that owned the carousel for more than 90 years – most of that time in storage – before selling it to the nonprofit Buffalo Heritage Carousel to operate at Canalside.
The figures are being restored in a workshop nearby, but the public can get an early peek at 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda.