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Museo Aretuseo dei Pupi

Opens in 10 min: 11:00 - 13:00, 15:00 - 18:00
Open today: 11:00 - 13:00, 15:00 - 18:00
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Different cultural experience

How often does anyone visit a puppet museum? It's worth trying at least once! I was able to... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2018
Boston, Massachusetts
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Interesting bit of history

I'm giving this a 4 out of 5 as my wife loved this place and spent a happy half an hour snapping... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2017
James W
Ashford, United Kingdom
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“puppets”(19 reviews)
The puppets Museum is the only place where you admire the exclusive collection of puppets made in Siracusa, the only one nowadays intact. The Vaccaro- Mauceri rais the curtain , putting on the stage favolous work of "aretusei" puppets made...more
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Via della Giudecca 22, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
+39 0931 199 5531
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

The puppet tradition is strong in many places in Europe and Syracuse is no exception. In its more recent version, the Syracuse puppet theatre revives the old traditions and adds some modern wrinkles. The museum is an adjunct to the theatre which was revived and...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2018

It was interesting and a pleasure to see these original puppets and learn the story of the creators, including all the puppets from the Pinocchio story and many others. We ducked into this small museum to get out of the rain and were glad that...More

Thank R D
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

How often does anyone visit a puppet museum? It's worth trying at least once! I was able to compare this to a recent visit to the Sicilian puppet museum in Acireale. Ortigia's museum is less impressive, but enjoyable nevertheless for a 15-20 minute spin. We...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

I'm giving this a 4 out of 5 as my wife loved this place and spent a happy half an hour snapping pictures and enjoying looking at the puppets - and at only a few euros each entry you can't complain. I don't like puppets...More

Thank James W
Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Our Group went to the museum and I was a little skeptical about how much I would enjoy the visit. It turned out to be very interesting and I enjoyed seeing the work that went into production of the puppets.

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Reviewed 22 July 2017

A small place to vist for 15-20 mins. An important piece of Sicilian recent history and culture. There are perhaps 100 dolls hanging around. Kinds may (or may not) like it.

Thank jusaja
Reviewed 2 January 2017

The puppets are both fascinating and beautifully crafted. This is a significant part of Sicialian culture (and also Sicilian-American culture in NYC in the first part of the 20th century.) The ancient stories are wonderful, mainly based on the Song of Roland.

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Reviewed 4 November 2016

I'm a bit spooked by dolls. This exhibition of an amazing collection of puppets from around the world with a grand selection of historical Sicilian "pupi" freaked me out a bit. That said, I enjoyed it immensely and it was fascinating.

Thank Scarlet51
Reviewed 29 October 2016

The marionet puppets are astonishingly large. But when you watch a show you seem gradually to ignore all the wiring and concentrate on the plot...

Thank Line G
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were walking towards the Giudecca in Ortigia and came across this museum. It gives you a very interesting and comprehensive overview of the art of puppetry in the area. It is worth a visit especially if you are travelling with children.

Thank Metukah
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