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Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

1 Royce Circle, Suite 101B, Storrs, Mansfield, CT 06269-9029
+1 860-486-8580
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Very small, but fun

This is more of a display rather than a museum. However, the staff was incredibly nice and... read more

Reviewed 26 June 2018
Jtries
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Sandwich, Massachusetts
Small and sweet!

If you know and love puppets, worth the trip if in the area...not sure I would travel days or miles... read more

Reviewed 24 February 2018
Missartsycraftsy
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The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry is one of America’s hidden treasures—a superb collection of over 2,500 puppets from all over the world; an archive of books, manuscripts, posters, drawings, audio-visual materials and photographs all covering the history of puppetry. It is also the new home of the Puppeteers of America’s Audio-Visual Collection: the largest collection of videotapes, films, and other media about puppetry in the United States. The Ballard Institute curates and produces exhibitions of puppetry, both at the Ballard Museum and for touring across the United States. The Institute also offers workshops, museum tours, artists’ forums, film showings, performances, and other events and programs that promote the art of puppetry as a twenty-first-century art form with deep historic and global roots.
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1 Royce Circle, Suite 101B, Storrs, Mansfield, CT 06269-9029
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

This is more of a display rather than a museum. However, the staff was incredibly nice and informative, and had fun looking around for about 20 min. The suggested donation is $5 each, but it truly is just a suggestion, making it welcome to all.

Thank Jtries
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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

If you know and love puppets, worth the trip if in the area...not sure I would travel days or miles to visit. Odd location right next to UConn. Suggested donation 5 dollars. Probably a great place for puppet shows for little kids. Museum...pushing it!

Thank Missartsycraftsy
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

We brought our grandchildren here and they liked looking at all the puppets. It is an interesting and fun place to go. It's not large, but interesting to look at all the different puppets on display.

Thank willow488
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

A wonderful exhibit of puppets small and large which fascinate both toddlers and parents alike. Stories of shows in the past plus the history of the puppet program and information on upcoming productions in the small theater are available.

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Wonderful museum with puppets and scenery from many different plays, as well as clear descriptions of how puppets are constructed and made to perform.

Thank stepnel
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Beautiful little gem hidden next to the bookstore in Storrs Center, this small museum packs a punch! Lots of history, interesting new exhibits, a connection to the college, and admittance is pay what you will. Always soemthign interesting to explore, and very friendly staff!

Thank TishMoon
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

This is a small museum built around the collection of an ex-faculty member at UCONN (since deceased). He was instrumental in creating a puppetry program and major - something quite unusual. The museum itself has changing exhibits, is interesting to anyone curious about puppetry, and...More

Thank JBTCville_VA
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

A little Gem @ Storrs Center! Connected to B&N bookstore! Reasonable entry fee! Check hours before visiting!

Thank stevenwS4410GJ
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Reviewed 7 October 2015

This is a very small museum which is only interesting for specialists in puppetry, not so much for general public.

Thank Alexander T
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Reviewed 11 August 2015

Rich with history, a perfectly delightful museum! UConn is steeped in puppetry, awarding the only Master's in the field.

Thank Ann M
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