1) Main Entrance, Ticket Office
2) Cloakroom, Mini-Gallery
3) Travelling Theatres, Škoda Theatre
4) The Beginnings of Puppetry in Pilsen
5) Courtyard, Oopen-Air Stage
6) Skupa Café, Mini-gallery
The Puppet Museum in Pilsen profits on the local rich puppet-acting tradition and describes the activities of puppet theatres in Pilsen and its nearest vicinity. The exposition presents the beginnings of puppet-acting in Pilsen gradually from strolling puppeteers, the Puppet Theatre of Holiday Settlements, the Skupa’s Theatre, and the production of puppet ensembles in the second half of the 20th century up to the present.
The story of puppets the Museum narrates starts as late as in the 19th century when people in Pilsen could enjoy theatre performances of strolling folk puppeteers who travelled with their horses and carts through their favoured stands, so-called “Abstechern” or trips. The oldest famous families that operated strolling theatres were Kopecký, Maizner, Dubský, Kočka or Fink.
Another part of the exposition focuses on the development of puppetry in Pilsen at the end of the 19th century when the first standing puppet stage was established in addition to a number of associations. Škoda’s Theatre is represented in the exposition by a unique animated model made according to a well-preserved negative.
Exposition map You can download here