Museu da Marioneta

Wonderful weirdness on strings

Wonderful weirdness on strings

2-5 years: €1.50; 6-30 years: €3 ; Adults: €5; +65 years: € 3; Students: € 2.50; Family (2 adults + 2 children): € 13.00; Free admission every Sunday 10h – 14h

Rua da Esperança, 146
+351 213 942 810, website
Mon, closed; Tue – Sun, 10h – 18h

Lisbon’s Museum of Marionettes in Madragoa houses a huge number of strange, spooky, and wonderful puppets from around the world and around the ages. Seemingly just for children — it hosts puppet shows for the kids and offers classes in mask and puppet-making — this museum is not just for the young ones: it’s a great assortment of the weird, the macabre, and the rebellious. From Turkish shadow puppets to a life-size Don Quixote, the exhibits trace the evolution of one of the most provocative forms of artistic expression (puppets have always been a favorite medium of political satire, see Thatcher’s Britain, Putin’s Russia). And you’re likely to have it all to yourself while your boring friends stand in line for Belem Tower! 5€ adults, 3€ under 30 (!!) and pensioners.

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