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Kids love to pull the strings, and at this offbeat museum they can do just that. This is Lisbon's puppet museum. Founded in 1987 and set in an ancient convent, it's the only cultural space in the city... Read More
Kids love to pull the strings, and at this offbeat museum they can do just that. This is Lisbon's puppet museum. Founded in 1987 and set in an ancient convent, it's the only cultural space in the city dedicated to puppets are the art of puppetry. The collection of marionettes span several centuries and originate from around the world including Portugal, China, India, Thailand and Brazil. The majority are string and stick puppets. There are also examples of glove puppets on display. Complementing the collection is an equally fascinating assortment of masks housed in their own gallery. The museums hosts guided tours and workshops, where the emphasis is on learning. Visitors can watch performances and youngsters especially are encouraged to take part in creating puppets using different techniques and materials.
- Things to Do with Kids: "On the last Sunday of every month parents and children can join a family workshop and take part in making a puppet."
- Family-Friendly Museums: "Kids will love the Punch and Judy duo, and look out, too, for the fragile Burmese shadow puppets. The Family Ticket and Lisbon Card allows for generous discounts (and children under two are admitted for free)."
- Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: The museum is very much an interactive cultural space where visitors, adults and kids alike, can join in themed workshops and watch performances.
- Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: Its unique status as Portugal's only museum dedicated to puppets is enhanced by the workshops and puppet shows staged for the public.