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Il Museo internazionale delle marionette

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Address: Piazzetta Antonio Pasqualino, 90100, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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+39 091 328060
10:00 - 13:00
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Sun 10:00 - 13:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 13:00
14:30 - 18:30

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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A surprising number of ancient puppets plus contemporary and international ones (see photos) make this an enjoyable alternative to churches and archeology. Most international ones... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2017
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this museum on a rainy afternoon in Palermo - and so glad that we did. There are puppets from around the world which were delightful and fascinating to see. This museum made a nice break from looking at churches and is the only one of its kind I have ever visited. A must see when in Palermo.

Thank SandS1978
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

A surprising number of ancient puppets plus contemporary and international ones (see photos) make this an enjoyable alternative to churches and archeology. Most international ones have enough explanation, but the other installations could do with a bit more for a self-guided walk around. The museum is a bit hidden in a side street off Piazza Marina, but good signposting helps... More 

1 Thank uxj
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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189 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

This small museum is packed with puppets from Sicily and around the world. It even has water puppets from Vietnam. Some need dusting! There are also puppets shows at least once a week. It would be great to have interactive activities as well with puppet handling especially for children.

Thank Isabelle M
Lisbon, Portugal
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140 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Getting a bit away from the usual religious tourism of Palermo, this museum stands out and an interesting place to visit for people of every age. Showing the tradition of puppets of the city, as well as some other works from other parts of the world. A must-go, if you want to get some rest of the churches and palaces,... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

We were overwhelmed & pleasantly surprised by this out of the way museum. It was one of the highlights of our visit to Palermo. Be sure & visit @ a a time you can see a show.

Thank allaw841
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016

An international collection of puppets, with a substantial collection of indigenous Sicilian tradition.

Thank Simon P
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016 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!

Thank Dovile_VH
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 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.

Thank N G
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 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 

Thank Peter C

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