What to Expect
Puppetry has a great deal of significance for Slovenian culture and is an important part of Slovenian cultural heritage. In honour of Slovenia’s great puppet artists and its distinguished puppetry tradition, which dates back over a century, we opened the first puppetry museum in Slovenia at the end of May 2015. It is a multifaceted project that, in addition to exhibiting Slovenian puppets, establishes systematic care in the field of Slovenian puppetry heritage. For visitors, the most interesting part of the project is the permanent exhibition above the Estates Hall of the Ljubljana Castle, where space is devoted to the great puppetry artists and their heroes, and where visitors have an opportunity to learn about the most important milestones of Slovenian puppetry history as well as various puppetry techniques. After viewing the exhibition, visitors will have an opportunity to try their hand at puppetry skills themselves in the Castle Theatre, in which puppet shows based on revised versions of original puppet theatre are staged. From Krek Square, both locations can be accessed via the Puppet Path, an artistic installation with mechanically operated puppet scenes, which symbolically links the two participating institutions: the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and the Ljubljana Castle. Thus the exhibition is linked to the theatre profession and invites visitors to view the Museum of Puppetry, which addresses a broad target audience, revitalises the capital’s cultural offer, and encourages the development of cultural tourism with its educational-interactive content. The exhibition can also be viewed with the aid of the audioguide system through the Ljubljana Castle.
Guided Tour of the Museum of Puppetry
Within the framework of the Museum of Puppetry, we offer four educational programmes for preschool children, school children and visitors who would like to learn more about the centuries-long history of Slovenian puppetry and gain an insight into the museum in which we preserve part of this rich cultural and material heritage.
Upon prior arrangement, a classic guided tour of the exhibition is also available. For larger groups, we recommend combining the tour with another programme from our offer.