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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
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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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Palermo Walking Tour: among Puppets and Puppetry

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Absorbing museum and unique puppet show

The marionette museum is fairly easy to find behind piazza Marina, following the signs from Corso Vittorio Emanuelle down via Buttera and it is on the right. From Monday to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Chris A
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

To find the museum was not easy. It is located in a very small street and no clear instructions how to go, but ask anyone there and they will help you. The museum itself has 2 floors. Very very impressive dools from over a century ago from all over the world. Very recommended!

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The marionette museum is fairly easy to find behind piazza Marina, following the signs from Corso Vittorio Emanuelle down via Buttera and it is on the right. From Monday to Saturday they have puppet shows at 5.30 and it is a good idea to time your visit with one of these. We arrived about 4.30 and spent time looking at... More 

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Twickenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

This was a lovely place to visit, but not cheap at 5 euros each, it would have been good value had we seen a puppet show. They are on at select times. We had to wait for the place to open as the woman who ran it was late back from lunch, so be careful with opening times.

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Thank N G
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

The museum itself is fascinating, with lots of puppets from Sicily and around the world - there is even a Punch and Judy together with their continental cousins. Some explanations dotted around but mostly in Italian, some video but only about half actually working, so it needs a bit of tlc to bring it up to its potential. However it's... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Most people are not aware of how important the Sicilian puppet heritage is. For centuries they were used to teach the complicated the history of Sicily to children using a cycle of 271 segments/stories. It was disappointing that things were in disrepair. As another reviewer indicated the TV's weren't working and many of the puppets needed dusting!

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

What a wonderful ionic museum. thousands of puppets big and small, young and old - all having evidently 'worked' at some point in their lives, and many still doing so. Every character from every childs story and fairy tale you can imagine. Classic. There is a stage where in the afternoon a performance is put on for school tours (and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

A must see attraction in Palermo. You have close access to these beautiful dolls to truly admire their character and craftsmanship. Go!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Hundred of puppets and marionettes are on display; most from Sicily, but others from around the world. Not all interpretive panels are translated into English and videos of performances were not all working the day we visited. With some additional funding and work on the interpretation, this could be a knock-out attraction.

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Ketchum, Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

This has the potential to be a really great museum. I generally do not criticize a place I visit and I am not going to start now. I write this review in the hope that the museum curators will just add a bit more love to the overall experience when one visits the museum. There are many hundreds of puppets... More 

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Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

Because Laura is a professor of theater our vacations frequently involve scholarly research. Such was the case in our visit to the International Museum of Marionettes Antonio Pasqualino. The museum is located in Palermo and houses a collection of puppets from around the world. Including a puppet named “Carinda” handmade in 1828. I made reservations for the museum via “Weekend... More 

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