The Paragon Park Museum, Museum Shop and Restoration Studio
The Paragon Park Museum and Museum Shop enhances the carousel experience. Here in the Clock Tower Building, our visitors can learn of Nantasket Beach’s fascinating history and relive nostalgic visits to Paragon Park, as well as returning to a place that was once a bustling train station in Nantasket’s Victorian past.
With the renewed interest in the storied history of Paragon Park and Nantasket Beach, we bring you back to the early 1900s when Nantasket Beach was a playground for the rich and famous. Learn of the splendors created by the visionary George A. Dodge with the construction of Paragon Park in 1905. We have assembled a growing exhibit of artifacts, memorabilia, videos, and storyboards which tell the magical story. The journey begins at the turn of the last century and will bring you to 1985 with the closing of the park.
The final chapter focuses on the beloved 1928 Grand Carousel, the heart and soul of Paragon Park. In addition, the restoration studio is an integral piece of the museum. Watch James Hardison as he restores the carousel horses to their once exquisite beauty as you learn of the restoration process. This is a unique opportunity to recreate the past for the current generation and to bring back fond memories for so many.
Do you or someone you know have a piece of Paragon Park that you would like to share with others? Old postcards, photographs, ornamental artifacts, and souvenirs would also be most welcome. Items can be donated to the Friends of the Paragon Carousel. Your name will be displayed along side the item.
Items can be dropped off at the Paragon Carousel or you can arrange for a pick up by calling 781-925-0472. Monetary donations of any amount are also most appreciated. Donors are acknowledged in the museum. Our Paragon Park Museum is staffed with volunteers. Please let us know if you have an interest in helping us this season!
There is always a new horse being restored in the Restoration Studio. Artist James Hardison has restored 34 of the 66 horses on the carousel to date. Stop by and watch the fascinating process!
The Museum is open during the summer.
Our Paragon Park Museum is staffed with volunteers.
Arrangements can be made for groups and individuals to visit our museum at any time. Please call us at 781-925-0472 and we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you!
Marie Schleiff- President- Friends of the Paragon Carousel
John Hansen- Museum Curator
James Hardison- Restoration Artist
Suggested Donation- $2
Free Admission to members of the FPC.
Many thanks to the following for their financial support:
Copeland Family Foundation
Pauline Rowe, Director, South Shore Suzuki Strings
MUSEUM VOLUNTEER STAFF: Robert Goulding, Joyce McFadden, Suzi Coughlin, Curator John Hansen, and Florence Ely. Not pictured: Barbara Garrity, Arlen Lucid.
Jim Bowdring has wonderful memories of his childhood days at Paragon Park. He restored a car from the Park's Kooky Kastle ride in 2015 and donated it to the Friends of the Paragon Carousel. Pictured here with Jim (seated in the car) are carousel associate Seth Anderson (l) and our Restoration Curator James Hardison. Jim's grandfather worked at the Park for 30 years as an assistant to the Stone family.