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Interesting for puppet lovers

We enjoyed our little side trip to see the puppets. Unfortunately there was not tour in English but... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2018
Sydney, Australia
a little gem

We loved the displayed puppets. There was a small fee for the audio guide but the first few audio... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2018
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Reviewed 8 August 2016

We noticed this museum only because it was next to the Camera di San Paolo. It is a collection of the Ferrari family puppets, crafted over 4 generations since before 1880, and supplemented by puppets and marionettes from other parts of Italy.

Each puppet has been hand carved from wood, hand painted and specifically dressed. The array of different facial features, from the grotesque to the amusing, is amazing.

There are a couple of short films, including one were the family, with puppets, performed on the Ed Sullivan Show.

We ended up staying longer than expected, but this is not a museum for everyone.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank westy54
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Reviewed 23 October 2015 via mobile

A puppet museum your thinking! What?
This is such a unique exhibit of a family passion, that still continues today.
These are not usual puppets!
Each one is completely hand made, heads carved wood and painted, dressed, and strung with it's own story to be told.
There are several pieces on display from many days gone by from when Giordano Ferrari first began his puppetry.

This is not for playing, these puppets have a story to tell which the story is written, scenes created,stage props all made by hand and the puppets are controlled by the family who sings, talks and moves these lifelike puppets from place to place telling the stories.

Older kids who don't get scared of different features on faces would enjoy these. Not kids that get scared by clowns or people in costumes.

The entry to the building where this exhibit is is a fantastic long walk way lined with trees next to what was a convent in another time.

We enjoyed the museum, and recommend it to you.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank jeffreyshapiro
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Reviewed 20 September 2014

This puppet museum was worth the struggle to find it (inside the gates of the camera di San Paola). Thorough exhibit of the history of puppetry. Quite fascinating. A really creative mind. Was unfamiliar with it.

Date of experience: September 2014
Thank JillConnecticut
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

We saw this museum from the sidewalk and decided to take a look, what a fine! It is a treasure of marionette puppets, hand puppets, puppets of all style, the detail was extraordinary. It was a Sunday, no one else was visiting at the time, so we asked lots of questions of Paolo who was at the desk. I had done puppet shows with a volunteer group and remembered what fun it was and the excitement of children. In talking with Paolo, he and others decided to do this museum in hopes of sharing The Ferrari Story of Puppets. We were there much longer then we had anticipated but it was well worth the time. One could do it in thirty minutes or take a little more time to watch the video and stroll through the museum. We bought the beautiful book, even tho it is in Italian, the pictures are beautiful. Paolo was one of the writers! A must see!

Date of experience: May 2014
Thank MHM316
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Even if you have no interest in puppets and marionettes, it's no reason to avoid this place. What you will see are works of art. Your trip through this small puppet museum won't take more than about 20 minutes or so, but is a worthwhile use of your time. It is a world of fantasy and beauty and the quality of the puppets and marionettes is awesome. Do not pass on this opportunity because there is no where else like it anywhere.

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank Barbara A
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