Housed since 2001 in the beautiful Bernardas Convent (17th century), the Museum of Puppetry is the only museum in the country dedicated to the collection, study, preservation and dissemination of the puppet and the puppet theatre.
The original museum was created by the Puppet Company of São Lourenço (St. Lawrence), a travelling theatre company that performed both in Portugal and abroad, and which puppets were the first core of the museum. From then on, several donations and acquisitions have greatly expanded their collection, and today it presents more than 1000 pieces of different materials, techniques and sources.
With special attention to the Portuguese puppet, but also covering the history of this fascinating art form across the world, the collections are divided by 6 themes: “The Puppets Beginning”, “The Mask”, “The Great Traditions”, “The Portuguese Puppet”, “The Shadow”, “Orient” and “The Puppet and the Media”.
The Museum of Puppetry also has a shop and a room for children workshops of puppet construction and manipulation, and which can be used for birthday parties and other events.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00am to 1.00pm and from 2.00pm to 6.00pm. Closed on Monday and on 1st January, 1st May and 25th December.