NUKU theatre & puppetry museum

NUKU theatre & puppetry museum, Tallinn: Hours, Address, NUKU theatre & puppetry museum Reviews: 4/5

NUKU theatre & puppetry museum

NUKU theatre & puppetry museum
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Speciality Museums • Theatres
10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 18:00
Thursday
10:00 - 18:00
Friday
10:00 - 18:00
Saturday
10:00 - 18:00
Sunday
10:00 - 18:00
About
NUKU theatre & museum is the country’s only professional puppet centre. The theatre aims to offer high quality and diverse visual theatre and puppetry to all ages. The museum's main exhibition starts from the very beginning. You can touch air and see what puppetry does to water, fire and earth - the main elements of everything we see. Then, you can visit the Marionette Room, Rod and Glove Puppet Room, Table Puppet Room and Body Puppet Room. What are their stories, how each puppet is moved and how different puppets really are? These are the questions you will find answers to - and of course, you can try them out on your own, too! Alongside theatre puppets we also have mechanical puppets and The Wardrobe of an Actor where you can try on many costumes and wigs... The exhibition also introduces many theatre positions and jobs such as the Artistic Director, Prop Maker, Puppeteer, Stage Hand and Manager, Make-Up Artist, Costume Maker and so on. The building also has a small cafe.
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Andres Burget
Tallinn, Estonia2 contributions
Aug 2021
Great place to visit with kid(s) as I did and to be honest, I did enjoy seeing a lot of "good old friends" that became familiar when I was a child. I especially enjoyed the video section in the basement area where you can select the actors/shows from recent years and decades ago.
Most certainly recommend this place to locals and tourists alike.
Written 19 August 2021
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Imre-Gustav Vellamaa
Tallinn, Estonia154 contributions
Jul 2021
A nice small museum in Tallinn old town. Probably more interesting for local people who have some experience in the puppetry theatre to have a kind of "I remember..." effect as well (but sure I can be wrong about that). This time a very interesting exhibition about Urmas Alender was presented there but again - I believe it is for people who remember this actor and singer.
Written 13 July 2021
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Jouni E
Turku, Finland40 contributions
Jul 2020
This museum and theatre centre is really a hidden gem for many tourists. Good introduction to all kind of aspects of the art of puppetry. Many exhibition rooms where great fun, although some of the rooms might be a bit scary for children under 4 years old. But even those are ok, if accompanied by an adult.
Written 30 July 2020
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT1,606 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
This interactive theater museum is great for the whole family. The museum lets you take a peek behind the scenes, bring a puppet to life and more.

If you have a Tallinn card, you get free admission...
Written 6 October 2019
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Yvonne O
The Netherlands482 contributions
Aug 2019
Very much overpriced in the summer months when the puppeteers are on leave. A very small museum, not as interactive as the young lady at the ticket desk claimed. Some very lovely exhibits though.
Written 28 August 2019
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Raino A
33 contributions
Aug 2019
It was raining outside so we popped in to see what the exhibit was like. I was not expecting much, but it was actually quite nice hands on experience. The scariest (most fun) part was going down the stairs into the cellar.
Written 7 August 2019
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland4,881 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
The Art Nouveau building housing the Puppet theatre burts with colour inside with a cafeteria in red and specially designed chairs in the lobby. Take a look inside even if you don't plan to visit the museum or see a play. Opposite on Nunne street is a fine old fashioned cafeteria Pagari Poised on two floors and another bakery with very reasonable prices next to it.
Written 8 June 2019
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Josefin V
Turku, Finland4 contributions
Mar 2019
We had a great time although we were only adults visiting. Affordable and full of surprises! It would be nice if they offered puppets for sale in the shop.
Written 2 March 2019
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SaraBruxelles
Schaerbeek, Belgium173 contributions
Apr 2018
Unfortunately, I don't speak Estonian as the puppets also are the actors in plays but those on show are so interesting and so well made; beautifully presented in special cases. Fascinating museum, incredibly helpful staff who are very welcoming and who speak excellent English.
Written 24 February 2019
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Master Jonjon
London, UK344 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
🏠 “Nuku Museum of Puppet Arts” 🏠

... earth, water and fire.

It was pretty curious at first as to what they had to do with puppetry. Instead it was like a science museum thing – it was these materials in their states that were to be felt, touched (not fire though!) and sensed with games and ways of movement so as to explore deeper yet into their effect and their interactions with the surrounding. But then it would seem like magical or simply poetic, for you’d also start to realize (if you think hard enough trying to link the dots) they could also be equally dramatic, for dramatists were the ones behind such choices when they came to decide their sequence of presentation by considering how viewers were to perceive meaning after being shown scenes after scenes.

The collection included puppets from around the world categorized geographically. But my favourite would be a video screen in another basement corridor, surrounded by a hundred buttons from which you got to choose what to watch. It was a cul-de-sac with such tranquility, that you could just sit there and get your random snapshots of musicals or dramas or folk song MVs or a speech or something else to be discovered for the day.

There’s yet another basement of interest - in the ‘cellar of horror’ you could see rotating glow-in-the-dark match-men in such a speed that they failed to give off feelings of horror. But more like a blender of cute mid-autumn glowing sticks.

~master jonjon
Written 8 February 2019
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