Museu da Marioneta
The city is Lisbon, the neighborhood is Madragoa, the building is Convento das Bernardas and the history is the puppets'. Created in 1987 by Companhia de Marionetas de São Lourenço (a puppetry company), Museu da Marioneta is the first museum dedicated to the history and dissemination of puppet theater in Portugal.
Placed in a building as remarkable as Convento das Bernardas, Lisbon's Museu da Marioneta is a place that can, and must, be visited by any public, regardless of age. The renovations it suffered in 2008 left the building more qualified and with better conditions, as well as richer in the cultural sampling it presents. Its collection is organized in several cores that allow visitors to know the history and origins of puppets, and has several typologies of masks and puppets, illustrating the multiple forms of manipulation. The permanent exhibition features puppets from the four corners of the world - including pieces from India, China, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Africa, Brazil, Mexico, various countries of Europe and Portugal - in a total of more than 1000 pieces, including props, scene machinery and even stage theaters.
Entering Museu da Marioneta is making a journey through time that transports us from the most remote masquerade theater traditions to the current times with more modern puppets. A contemporary and innovative museum, Museu da Marioneta hosts temporary exhibitions and several shows, and seeks to support festivals in the area, in order to spread its knowledge and learning. With a range of well-established educational services, there are a number of activities you can do with your friends or family, combining fun with the more ludic aspect of theater culture. The museum promotes guided tours and workshops for schools, as well as adult workshops.
Its mission, besides promoting the culture of the puppet theater, is to collect, conserve, investigate and disseminate this art. Keep an eye out, the show has already started, and you don't want to lose it!
Cool Tip: Be aware of the temporary exhibitions that Museu das Marionetas receives!
Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Closed: Mondays, January 1st, May 1st, December 24th and 25th, afternoon of December 31st