The Center for Puppetry Arts, located in Atlanta, is the United States' largest organization dedicated to the art form of puppetry. The center focuses on three areas: performance, education and museum. It is one of the few puppet museums in the world. The center is located in Midtown, the city's arts district. It was founded in 1978 by Vincent Anthony.
The Center for Puppetry Arts opened to the public on September 23, 1978, when Kermit the Frog and his creator Jim Henson cut the ceremonial ribbon.
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Shay Alex | Feb 15, 2018
I absolutely loved it here. I took my class on a field trip. We made puppets and saw the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer puppet show. It was a little long for my students with sensory issues but it was a really nice show overall. I look forward to going back and participating in some of the other activities they have to offer as well.
Doug Davidowski | Dec 5, 2017
This place was amazing. The Rudolph puppet show was great. My middle child had trouble sitting through all of it but she is 2. It was the tv version full length. My 4 year old and 1 year old were glued to it. A little bit older or younger and no problem. The exhibits made me feel like a kid again. Seeing the characters from all my favorite shows and Jim Henson's specials from the 80s. Really cool stuff. Would recommend for families with kids over 3 or 4. oldest loved making his own puppet workshop. Little more than I expected with all 3 activities. ($100 for a family of 5, 1 yo, 2 yo, 4 yo, and 2 adults for admission everything) but worth it. Good time. We will return. This is a special place.
Jerry Henley | Mar 4, 2018
I have lived in Atlanta for years and I have never been. It's a wonderful space. Come visit the Jim Henson exhibit. The adult show was wonderful.
Jennifer Bradshaw | Jan 24, 2018
This place is the coolest, I grew watching everything that Jim Henson made from the Storyteller to The Dark Crystal and this place has the largest Jim Henson exhibit in the country. Not only that but you can see puppets from all over the world here. They also put on different shows though out the year, contact them for more information.
Elizabeth de la Torre | Feb 19, 2018
AMAZING! such talented people. Great production and interactive puppet making. The staff here was so wonderful and the puppetry was interesting for any age.
Rocky Maxwell | Mar 22, 2018
Such an amazing place. The Jim Henson exhibit is amazing. I was nearly teary-eyed with nostalgia. The Puppets of the world exhibit was also great. I went during winter, and the show they were performing was and adaptation of the Rankin/Bass Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer. It was very well done. I highly recommend this place. Must see! I just hope they expand their exhibits over time, I would love to see more puppets.
Carlton Lee | Mar 31, 2018
Small but great. They pack a lot of knowledge in a small package. They have a few specific areas and at times traveling exhibits. You can see and read everything (except the shows) in an hour or more if you really stretch it. But, there's a lot of cool puppets from many eras that really make it great. Seeing how far the media has come is pretty great. I highly recommend a visit.
Matthew Sullivan | Mar 28, 2018
It was really interesting! There was a global section that had puppets from all over the world. Some had videos that were shown of the puppets in use. The Jim Henson exhibit made me smile. It had his whole process of making the puppets on display. There were puppets that made me smile like Kermit, Big Bird, Elmo, and Miss Piggy. Highly recommend if visiting w/ children.
Nick Lentz | Mar 14, 2018
We came here for the Jim Henson Collection and it was amazing! They have a broad variety of Henson's creations from just about every era of his career. When you see a puppet like Rowlf or Big Bird that you grew up loving, the emotions come rushing back. Needless to say, this was our favorite part of the museum. Other section included puppetry from around the world and a gallery for rotating special exhibits. Even as someone who has only a passing interest in puppetry, these exhibits had plenty to offer.
Henry Rolon | Apr 5, 2018
Amazing place. The puppets show was outstanding. Very familiar place and great to take kids. Shade puppetry class is great. You build your own shadow puppet and perform. I went with my wife and we enjoy it very much and the museum is very instructive.
James Crenshaw | Apr 13, 2018
Visited on a field trip with my son's school and really enjoyed it. They had a puppet making work shop for the kids and puppet museum. The Cat n the Hat puppet show was the main attraction. It was very entertaining. I especially appreciated the puppeteers explaining how the puppets worked at the end of the show.
beka rauen | May 1, 2018
This is a unique and neat place. The parking is close and convenient, and handicap/stroller accessable. The museum is interesting and well laid out. The staff is also very friendly. I spent about an hour but could have spent a bit longer to read more of the signs. I also saw a puppet show, Rainforest Adventure. My toddler and I liked it so much that we brought the whole family a few weeks later. This is a fun place to visit as a local, and also a great place to bring visitors.
Kristopher Hall | May 15, 2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art asks for a suggested donation of 25.00 per adult to visit. The High Museum of Art is 19.50. The Atlanta History Center plus 3 other properties is 21.50. The prices for children are all less. The Center for Puppetry Arts is 25.00 regardless of age. This means that a family of 4 will have to pay 100.00 for an hour long puppet show--and let's face it, it's only for the kids anyway. This seems ridiculous, especially since it receives millions in donations and funding each year, some of it from the government. Don't get me wrong, it is a great and worthy project, but if it becomes financially burdensome for families to attend then how good is it? Not to mention they spend 750,000 a year for administrative expenses at a place that uses volunteers for many of the services. If you can't run a puppet show and a four room museum of donated items for 4 million a year, then maybe there is a problem.
S Walkr | May 24, 2018
Nice little museum. Brings back memories of what you watched as a kid. Great exhibits to learn about early puppets to the newer technology used in today's puppets. Kids will enjoy going. Great learning experience.
Dhivya Ram | May 16, 2018
I heard so many good things about this place and really wanted to enjoy it. But, my experience was far from that of others. First off, they sold off chunks of tickets to schools and there were no additional shows. Then, there was a mean lady at the entrance who said that the museum was at full capacity but we could visit this other room while we wait. This other room was just a tiny nook filled with videos from the world (nothing outstanding). We were done in 5 minutes and when we came back, she still maintained that the museum was full. We visited the upstairs place while we waited and this person with a very supercilious attitude addresses my kid and says that he needs a ticket to there (which we were never told!). I overall thought it was a total waste of time. There were hardly any outstanding exhibits. My son was disappointed that he couldn't see the puppet show and the people had a very bad attitude..
Eva M | Jul 12, 2018
I remember going in field trips in elementary school to the Center. We took my 4&6yo kids for the first time last weekend and it was even better than I remembered! They enjoyed the museum, make your own puppet, and the show. I am thrilled we still have a place like this in Atlanta! Parking was so easy in their lot (no charge) compared to other places we visit in midtown. We will be back and hopefully getting a membership!
Allison Endicott | Jul 4, 2018
What a fabulous experience! I took my 7-year-old to Click Clack Moo and he was enthralled the whole performance. I thought it might be too young for him but he loved watching the puppeteers and set changes. He was so excited to make his own cow puppet after the show, too! We visited the museum afterward where he was most interested in the stop-motion exhibit. Absolutely worth a visit!
Ramona Walsh | Jul 2, 2018
We love center for puppetry arts. They have amazing shows with such energetic actors and the backstage team! The shows are typically 4 and up, however our 3 year old did great with them. They do have free parking if you can get there early. If you plan to attend 3 or more shows per year, it’s worth getting the annual membership.
Tisa Joiner | Jul 16, 2018
I took my 5 year twin girl and boy, along with their older sister, to their first puppet show yesterday. We saw Click clack moo and they loved it! My son is a high functioning autistic and he didn't want to build a puppet so a very friendly employee named Liz let my son play with some autistic items that she had on hand. We need her customer service everywhere every day!! Thanks Liz!! we will become members. And the center was remodeled very nicely.
Jonathan Strickland | Jul 9, 2018
The Center is a wonderful institution. The children's programming is top notch, but the Center also reminds us that puppetry is an art form that can be used to tell many different stories, from the terrifying to the heartbreaking to the transformative. Some of the best performances and technical theatre work in Atlanta can be found in their productions. They frequently host guest performers from distinguished theaters. And the museum is not to be missed. Highly recommended.
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