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Il Museo internazionale delle marionette

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Address: Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 90100 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0039 091 32 80 60
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2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Description: Puppets shows tuesday, friday and sunday 5.30 p.m. Full ticket € 6,reduced...
Puppets shows tuesday, friday and sunday 5.30 p.m. Full ticket € 6,reduced € 4.
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Interesting little museum

I previously had no interest in puppets but on a visit to Palermo was taken to the museum by a friend. I am now a convert to something which we in the UK have little experience... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 7, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I previously had no interest in puppets but on a visit to Palermo was taken to the museum by a friend. I am now a convert to something which we in the UK have little experience of. The museum is small and you do have to switch on the videos yourself but the puppets are fascinating and the videos very... More 

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bridport
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

we loved this international puppet museum. Beautiful local carved/handmade puppets many examples and films about the tradition.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Some guide books go on about how 'the Sicilian puppets steal the show" - no idea why as it is utterly boring and either you should love marionettes or speak Italian and at least be really interested in marionettes. Not worth the time (20mins) and definitely not the money for anyone else. If it wasn't so expensive I'd rate it... More 

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Birmingham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This museum is dark and gloomy. If you don't speak Italian, there is very little information. You have to work out yourself how to switch on the videos, and even then they are difficult to follow. Not worth the money for the "international" visitors.

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Salmiyah, Kuwait
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Well, there's 5 euros and 20 minutes of my life I'll never get back. If you are not a huge fan of puppeteering, don't bother. If you are a puppet master and you know some history and really have a keen interest, okay, it's worth it. But there is no information about the puppets here except where they came from... More 

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Lauria, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Excellent and unusual small museum of puppets and stage sets. As with most museums in Palermo its a little overpriced but it's a good cause. Over three floors there are arrangements of international puppets and on the first floor a series of sets from stagings around the world. Could use a little more information about the puppets but it's quirky... More 

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Cornwall
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Puppets interesting but why no hands on experience ? Just videos that mostly don't work. Worst of all despite being the only visitors the lady on reception spent entire time scowling, eating, hiding outside. Strongly feel that she should be replaced with a smiling puppet which would cost less & do a better job !

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Athens, Greece
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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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Michigan
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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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Toronto
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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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Additional Information about Il Museo internazionale delle marionette

Address: Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 90100 Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 0039 091 32 80 60
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Sicily  >  Province of Palermo  >  Palermo
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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