The Center for Puppetry Arts pairs a performing arts center with a museum dedicated to the history of puppets and puppetry. It has exhibits for the public and programs for kids and school groups. You can also see one of their professional puppet shows.
Things to Do
- One of the Center's absolute highlights is to see one of their amazing puppet shows. These performances bring to life classic children's books, old stories and new works all designed to entertain visitors from the youngest to the oldest. Recent performances have included The Wizard of Oz, The Cat in the Hat and more adult works such as one about the life of Anne Frank.
- The Center's permanent exhibit is entitled Puppets: The Power of Imagination. This exhibit exploring puppets and techniques of puppeteering from around the world. Many puppets from the Center's impressive collection are on display to the general public
- There is a revolving series of special exhibits at the Center. Current exhibits include Wild, Wooly and Wonderful, an exhibit that looks at how puppeteers from around the world have represented nature in their work.
- Cinderella's Tightrope looks at how puppeteers adapt famous children's tales adding fun twists to entertain their audience. Títere, Loutka, Kukla.... Puppet! explores the similarities and differences in puppetering throughout the world.
Center for Puppetry Arts Insider Tips
- The Museum is closed on Mondays.
- Although spaces are limited it is free to park in the Center's parking lot.
- The Center provides a pdf. of Gallery Games for children. This download provides a few games and questions to test children's knowledge of the exhibits and their contents. There is also a bibliography and a bibliography provided for those who want to continue learning about puppeteering once they leave the Museum.