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Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

Open Now: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Very small, but fun

This is more of a display rather than a museum. However, the staff was incredibly nice and... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2018
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Fun place to visit.

We brought our grandchildren here and they liked looking at all the puppets. It is an interesting... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2017
Coventry, CT
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The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry is one of America’s hidden treasures—a superb collection of over 2,500 puppets from all over the world; an archive of books, manuscripts, posters, drawings, audio-visual materials and photographs all...more
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1 Royce Circle, Suite 101B, Storrs, Mansfield, CT 06269-9029
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

This is more of a display rather than a museum. However, the staff was incredibly nice and informative, and had fun looking around for about 20 min. The suggested donation is $5 each, but it truly is just a suggestion, making it welcome to all.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

If you know and love puppets, worth the trip if in the area...not sure I would travel days or miles to visit. Odd location right next to UConn. Suggested donation 5 dollars. Probably a great place for puppet shows for little kids. Museum...pushing it!

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed August 24, 2017

We brought our grandchildren here and they liked looking at all the puppets. It is an interesting and fun place to go. It's not large, but interesting to look at all the different puppets on display.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank willow488
Reviewed July 11, 2017

A wonderful exhibit of puppets small and large which fascinate both toddlers and parents alike. Stories of shows in the past plus the history of the puppet program and information on upcoming productions in the small theater are available.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Dianne1047
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Wonderful museum with puppets and scenery from many different plays, as well as clear descriptions of how puppets are constructed and made to perform.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank stepnel
Reviewed March 13, 2017

Beautiful little gem hidden next to the bookstore in Storrs Center, this small museum packs a punch! Lots of history, interesting new exhibits, a connection to the college, and admittance is pay what you will. Always soemthign interesting to explore, and very friendly staff!

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank TishMoon
Reviewed January 26, 2017

This is a small museum built around the collection of an ex-faculty member at UCONN (since deceased). He was instrumental in creating a puppetry program and major - something quite unusual. The museum itself has changing exhibits, is interesting to anyone curious about puppetry, and...More

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed June 26, 2016

A little Gem @ Storrs Center! Connected to B&N bookstore! Reasonable entry fee! Check hours before visiting!

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank stevenwS4410GJ
Reviewed October 6, 2015

This is a very small museum which is only interesting for specialists in puppetry, not so much for general public.

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank Alexander T
Reviewed August 11, 2015

Rich with history, a perfectly delightful museum! UConn is steeped in puppetry, awarding the only Master's in the field.

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Ann M
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