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The Puppet Museum, Chrudim, Czech Republic

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.

Entrance to the Puppet Museum (Mydlář House)

Entrance to the Puppet Museum (Mydlář House)

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.

Mydlář House, Chrudim

Mydlář House, Chrudim

The Puppet Museum opened here in the year 1972.

Entrance to the museum from the Břetislav street

Entrance to the museum from the Břetislav street

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).

The museum is located in historical spaces of Renaissance (originally Gothic) Mydlář house

The museum is located in historical spaces of Renaissance (originally Gothic) Mydlář house

Puppetry maker’s workshop in the museum in Chrudim

Puppetry maker’s workshop in the museum in Chrudim

Of course we can’t left out our favourites – a lot of Czech children grew up loving their stories – Spejbl and Hurvínek.

Czech legends in the museum in Chrudim - Spejbl and Hurvínek

Czech legends in the museum in Chrudim – 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.

Chinese shadow puppets from the beginning of the 20th century, material: colored leather

Chinese shadow puppets from the beginning of the 20th century, material: colored leather

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.

You can try out playing with puppets in a theatre

You can try out playing with puppets in a theatre

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.

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