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“International museum of puppetry” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Il Museo internazionale delle marionette

Il Museo internazionale delle marionette
Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 90100 Palermo, Sicily, Italy (Palazzo Reale)
0039 091 32 80 60
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Ranked #47 of 155 Attractions in Palermo
Type: Museums
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Owner description: Puppets shows tuesday, friday and sunday 5.30 p.m. Full ticket € 6,reduced € 4.
Oakland, California, United States
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“International museum of puppetry”
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 the museum in Palermo, and most of the shows are from Balinese puppeteers. While I understand the Palermo museum is international in scope, I wish that more attention was put into the Sicilian puppet tradition.

I heard a guide who was leading a tour through the museum explain the different types of puppets on display in the Sicilian puppet room. It was a beautiful explanation of the regional differences in puppeterring in Sicily and I wondered why there was NO BOOK and NO INTERPRETIVE display in the museum to add to your understanding of what you were seeing. There is very little in general and virtually nothing in English. This is a pity as it is a very big missed opportunity.

That said you should still go and see this museum - it's a must.

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting place”
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.

Visited August 2012
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“Interesting but run down”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Had a lot of interesting puppets from around the world, but did not make enough of itself. Bored woman at dark desk took the 5 Euros, but most of the AVs did not work and the one that did was a videoed show that lasted an hour and had only two seats in front of it. A pity because the subjects were really interesting and the puppets are marvellous. Needs to try harder.

Visited October 2012
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Winchester, UK
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“Different!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

A whole little museum devoted to puppetry both Sicilian & world wide - fascinating! Very well displayed & presented

Visited September 2012
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“Street Vendors”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Too many street vendors are allowed to interrupt your meals. They are allowed to walk around most open air restaurants. So annoying when trying to eat!

Visited September 2012
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