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Puppetry Arts Institute

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Puppetry Arts Institute is a full-service museum, theater and puppetry center which offers puppet-making workshops, monthly puppet shows, puppet repair and demonstrations by professional puppeteers. Our Mission: To preserve and promote puppetry through education and entertainment for all ages.The museum includes rotating exhibits and permanent collections. Museum admission: $3; younger than 16, $1.50.The gift shop sells different styles of puppets and marionettes, toys and professional puppets, puppet-related merchandise, and puppet parts. 

Our create-a-puppet workshop is available daily during business hours, and is a great trip for school or homeschool groups, girl and boy scouts, family outings, seniors, birthday parties or artists. The workshops cost $8 per puppet, and the end result is a high quality hand puppet, customized by each visitor. Guests are encouraged to try out their new puppet on a professional hand puppet stage with spotlights and curtains. Marionette workshops are also available, but reservations must be made ahead of time. The cost of a marionette workshop is $45. The puppet-making workshop fees also include admission to the museum. 

Visit our website, or call for details, for workshop information and performance schedules.


Tuesday   10:00 am — 4:00 pm
Wednesday   10:00 am — 4:00 pm
Thursday   10:00 am — 4:00 pm
Friday   10:00 am — 4:00 pm
Saturday   10:00 am — 4:00 pm
11025 E. Winner Road
Independence, MO 64052

Additional Information

Travelers With Disabilities Information
Wheelchair Accessible
Smoking Policy
No Smoking
Activities Within 10 Miles
Historic District
Cost Of Admission
Less Than $10
General Interest Info
Gift / Souvenir Shop
Open Year-round
Group Policy
Advance Contact Required
Guest Reservations Needed?
Reservations Recommended
Pet Policy
Pets Are Not Allowed
Suitable For These Age Groups
All Ages
Types Of Payment Accepted
American Express Card
Personal Check