Ride an historic carousel at Children’s Creativity Museum (formerly Zeum) of San Francisco! This brightly-colored carousel is a mainstay at the museum and has an equally colorful history, which begins in over one hundred years ago, and thousands of miles from San Francisco!
This carousel was constructed in Rhode Island in 1906 by renowned designer and craftsman Charles I.D. Looff. While it was intended to be planted in San Francisco, a massive earthquake caused too much damage to the area, compounded by a large fire. It was subsequently installed at Luna Park in Seattle, Washington. In 1913, it was moved to the ocean side amusement park, Playland-at-the-Beach in San Francisco, where it remained for nearly sixty years, until its purchase by a private collector in New Mexico. Strangely enough, this carousel must have been destined for California, because in 1983 it was moved yet again to Shoreline Village, in Long Beach! It came to its current location in 1998 after being purchased by the city of San Francisco. It was fully restored to its original glory and then opened at the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens for the people of the city to enjoy.
The carousel features a beautiful menagerie of elaborately hand-carved animals including horses, giraffes, camels, and others. Now that you know the interesting history behind this creation, let your children take a pleasant ride on the Children's Creativity Carousel, which will hopefully be a San Francisco landmark for decades to come! The Children's Creativity Carousel is located on the corner of Fourth and Howard Streets in downtown San Francisco.