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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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Fun place to visit.

We brought our grandchildren here and they liked looking at all the puppets. It is an interesting... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
Coventry, CT
Amazing place

A wonderful exhibit of puppets small and large which fascinate both toddlers and parents alike... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Coventry, Connecticut
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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
+1 860-486-8580
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Reviewed 25 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
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.

Thank Dianne1047
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
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
Reviewed 27 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
Reviewed 27 June 2016

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

Thank stevenwS4410GJ
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
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
Reviewed 9 July 2015

Interesting collection, a very small "museum", not worth a trip on it's own, but if you are in Storrs - check it out.

Thank PinkRollaboard
Reviewed 12 November 2014

The museum has moved into Storrs Downtown next to the UConn Coop Bookstore. Has some interesting, informative displays that are unique and make you appreciate the fine art of puppetry. Take a few minutes to stop in and enjoy the museum.

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