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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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9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 19, 2015
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Lauria, Italy
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bridport
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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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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Santa Fe, NM
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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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