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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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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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Puppets Galore

This is a very nice museum but it is a challenge to find. The puppets are from all over the world and of varying types (string, hand, shadow). What signage is available is in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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South Bend, Indiana
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Beaumont, Texas
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Gibbstown, New Jersey
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Fortunately, I attended the marionette show across the little street from the marionette museum. It was spectacular! Even though it was in Italian and did not understand a word, I was able to follow the story line with the little translation they gave us. You sit on small benches in this quaint theater. At the conclusion of the show, the... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Sicily has a very special marionette tradition which is celebrated here but the museum also shows off marionette, rod and shadow puppets from cultures all around the world

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South Bend, Indiana
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is a very nice museum but it is a challenge to find. The puppets are from all over the world and of varying types (string, hand, shadow). What signage is available is in Italian, so for the most part it is a visual experience, but a worthwhile one. I was surprised at how large some of the marionettes were.... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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6 reviews
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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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Thank j m
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

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 38 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
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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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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