The International Puppet Museum, Palermo
We were not able to find a puppet show to attend and so this became the next best thing. This is a remarkable exhibit of a preserved "popular tradition". There are hundreds of marionettes & hand puppets of Italian and other venues both recent and ancient one as well as colorful backdrops, stages, etc. There are puppets of other continents such as Oriental stick puppets and shadow puppets. All are tastefully displayed. There is a nice puppet theater but we did not find when they performed. Perhaps their web-site will give this information, but not when I have looked. (Maybe an email or a tourist office inquiry)If you are into this subject, do not miss a visit.The Museo is at the beginning of via Butera just off the Piazza S. Spirito (where the Porta Felice is).If you are less intersted visit their website , read and look at the pictures.
The International Puppet Museum
Address Via Butera 1 - Phone 091-328-060
Hours Mon-Fri 9am-1pm and 4-7pm; Sat 10am-1pm
Admission € 2.60/$2.50
This is a fantastic museum that you cannot loose..
Pupi, as Sicilian puppets are called, have long been considered among the finest versions of the art of the marionette. The puppets are based on characters from the French chansons de geste. In the first room is the museum's collection of Sicilian puppets, many presented on stage and operated with strings. The most outstanding artisan here is Gaspara Canino, who achieved fame with his theater puppets in the 1800s. In other rooms of the museum you can see results of the marionette art in other countries, including the English Punch and Judy