Today’s article is a part of a series of articles about the Chrudim area. This time we are staying in the center of this beautiful town, which is the home of The Puppet Museum. Chrudim is located in the Pardubice Region in the Czech Republic.
This museum documents the history and present of czech puppet theatre and the art of puppetry in the world… and trust me, it’s not just entertainment for children.
It was because of this museum that I first became interested in visiting Chrudim. More so than the museum itself I wanted to see the building it’s in, the Mydlář House. It’s a beautiful Renaissance house. Originally it was a Gothic house that was rebuilt between the years 1573-1577 into a Renaissance building with arcaded facade and a tower resembling a minaret. This is what caught my interest the most, because a building’s silhouette like this is something you don’t usually see in Czech towns.
The Puppet Museum opened here in the year 1972.
Today the museum owns about 50.000 collector items, which means that what they exhibit is but a small portion of what they have. The expositions will take you from the history to the modern puppetry. You’ll see family puppet theatres, relatively large decorations, puppets of the nomadic puppeteers, variety puppets or wood carvings of Josef Váchal (Czech artist).
Of course we can’t left out our favourites – a lot of Czech children grew up loving their stories – Spejbl and Hurvínek.
Significant portion of the exposition is focused on foreign puppetry. We can see puppets all the way from China or Indonesia and even from countries like Myanmar, Japan or Vietnam.
The museum hosts various short-term expositions, programmes for schools, workshops or performances.
As it’s customary in many modern museums, you can touch and try out something, too. At the end of the tour, you can play with various puppet theatres and try out what it’s like to work with puppets.
I’d like to add, that The Puppet Museum is a part of a project called ‘Chrudim – town of three museums’. This project brings together, apart of the museum written about in this article, another two museums – The Regional Museum of Chrudim and The Museum of Baroque Statues.
You can visit the official website of The Puppet Museum for more information about the opening times, tickets and other important information.