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International Puppet Fringe Festival: Puppets of New York at Museum of the City of New York

International Puppet Fringe Festival: Puppets of New York

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  • Aug. 13, 2021 through Apr. 03, 2022, Friday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • 1220 Fifth Ave. , Upper East Side
  • All Ages
  • $20; $14 seniors 65 and older and students with ID; free for ages 19 and younger and members; tickets purchased in person is pay as you wish
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Puppets of New York explores the extraordinary, surprising, and diverse history of New York City’s quirkiest residents. Puppets traveled with migrant communities from across the globe as they made their way to the city. Like other New Yorkers, they both enriched the metropolis and were transformed by it, as they encountered the heady mix of other puppetry traditions, practices, and languages that also made New York City home. From Punch and Judy to Oscar the Grouch; from Lamb Chop to The Lion King; from Lunar New Year to the Thanksgiving Day parade, the marionettes, shadow figures, and rod and hand puppets of New York have regaled our stages, studios, and streets. They have been broadcast all across the globe, and over time have reshaped the puppetry traditions of many cultures.  

Jim Henson and Julie Taymor, Basil Twist and Theodora Skipitares, Ralph Lee and Pura Belpré, Great Small Works and Teatro SEA are just some the influential puppeteers featured in Puppets of New York, an exhibition poised to bring joy and awe, live performances and panels, workshops and movies to people of all ages. 

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1220 Fifth Ave.

Upper East Side, NY


  • Standard hours: Daily, 10am-6pm

  • The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.