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Il Museo internazionale delle marionette

Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 90100 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
0039 091 32 80 60
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Ranked #48 of 156 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Museums
Traveler Description: Founded in 1975 by the Association for the preservation of local traditions, the Museo Internazionale delle Marionette Antonio Pasqualino has taken... more »
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Athens, Greece
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The museum is well known to Palermo and easy to find. It contains a rare collection of sicilian pupi but also african, japanese, asian, Punch & Judy etc. Interesting settings within the scenary. The museum has a small theatre where performances are given.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you love puppets, and you are a bit of a kid at heart - still possess that sense of wonder and whimsy, then the Museo delle Marionette will delight and astound you with its extensive collection and variety of puppets collected from around the world. There are the finely wrought stringed variety memorable to all who loved and embraced... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We were here in the fall a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. It is not every day that the traveler can be enthusiatic about something that has for decades, been mostly for kids. But we are avid photographers and there was enough variety (both historically and also geographically) to keep us interested. There are other such puppet... More

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Santa Fe, NM
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

I thought the display of so many puppets from around the world well worth the walk from our hotel, but I love puppets. I enjoyed looking at them in close, quiet, cool, thought and appreciation. We were planning to see a puppet show in Syracuse and so were particularly happy to see the large Rolando type puppets up close. I... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

After visiting a marvelous puppet show in the Teatro Argento we set out for this museum. There are lots of puppets on display from all over the world. The Japanese video stopped soon after it started thanks to electricity interruption and lacked subtitles (I happend not to speak Japanese). The other video I managed to start was a very simple... More

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Lyon, France
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29 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

We were excited to go to one of the more (potentially) child-friendly attractions in Palermo. So after seeking out this museum, we were somewhat disappointed to find what in fact is a great collection of puppets and shadow figures, but in a poor state of display, with very little information about them and all of the videos out of order.... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This museum is really overpriced for what it offers. On paying we were given a leaflet and directed up to the second floor of the small building. There were a few lacklustre displays of puppets not all of which had labels. Apart from that there really waasn't anything to see. Perhaps if you were a real puppet enthusiast you would... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We went to a puppet show here in a delightful little old theatre it was wonderful though we could not understand the language the story was traditional and easy to follow wonderful old puppets and it was not till the end of show when puppeteers came on stage that you realized how small puppets were the show was loud much... More

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Oakland, California, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

I went to puppet museums in both Siracusa and Palermo and I have to say I found the puppet museum in Siracusa, which is quite a bit smaller, much more charming than the Palermo one. In Palermo, there is a huge collection of Balinese puppets. I happened to arrive here as a big festival of puppetry is being hosted at... More

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Moscow, Russia
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Atmospheric, interesting place. There is a museum and a theatre which still give performances. There are a lot of puppets representing different characters.

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