Puppet Museum in Cesky Krumlov

21 August, 2009

The Czech Republic has a long history of puppetry and puppet-making (also known as marionettes).  Back in the medieval ages, Czech puppets were used to tell stories and entertain crowds around Central Europe (a form of entertainment for the masses before we had TV and internet).  Towards the beginning of the 19th century, Czech puppetry had developed into a revered art form e.g. care and detail were put into the faces of Czech puppets created during the Baroque period, bringing Czech puppetry to new levels of sophistication.

At the Muzeum Marionet (Puppet Museum) in Cesky Krumlov, there’s an impressive display of historic Czech puppets, both string and rod, mostly dating from the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.

Puppet Museum

The admission ticket (100 Kc) includes a guided tour around the museum premise (which comprises just of 2 floors – the souvenir and puppet show watching area and a room full of different types of puppets).  The guide explained to us the art and mechanics of puppetry before bringing us to the room where all the puppets are stored.

This place looks quite eerie especially if you are here at night :-).  There are puppets about anything! – animals, humans, monsters, birds and even houses and airplanes!


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Puppet 3

There are various stages for puppet performances ranging from small ones (for home entertainment purposes – where grandfather would perform for their grandson – again back when there were no TV or internet) and larger scale ones for mass audiences.  The tour ends with a video of an actual puppet show – in Czech language.

Puppet Museum

Map of Muzeum Marionet

Zhiqiang & Tingyi

Comments (6)

  • kelvinReply

    21 August, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    wooo…some of the puppets looks scary.
    .-= kelvin´s last blog ..A fire just broke out in the HDB flat I staying. =-.

  • a_xReply

    21 August, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Seems to me there were not many visitors to the museum?
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    • TingyiReply

      21 August, 2009 at 8:54 pm

      Hi Kelvin, yes some of the puppets do give me the creep. But its amazing to see that puppets can come in so many different forms. The only puppet that I knew previously was the one from Pinocchio.

      a_x you are right, there weren’t many visitors to the museum. My guess is that most of them were either busy visiting the castle or rafting. Nonetheless, this is to our advantage as we could take photos with each and every puppets inside the museum. 😉

  • JessenReply

    22 August, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Interesting place but looks scary to me. :p

  • puppet showsReply

    3 June, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Hey these are good looking photos! Love the marionettes!

    We never had a chance to check out Thailand puppetry one of these days. Hopefully we’ll be able to watch them next year.

  • puppet showsReply

    3 June, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    lol why did i say Thailand? was supposed to be Czech. :p

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