Two puppet masters, who succeeded in making an impact abroad, were active in the west Bohemian capital of Plzeň, an hour’s drive from Prague.
The Puppet Museum in Plzeň will instantly draw you into the world of fairy tales. You’ll learn why Czech puppetry is on the UNESCO List of Intangible Heritage. In the exhibition you’ll find information on Josef Skupa, who travelled all over the world with a pair of puppets that represent father Spejbl and his rascal son Hurvínek. Another famous artist and puppet-maker, Jiří Trnka, is closely connected to Plzeň. He was not only engaged in designing puppets, but also in illustrating children’s books that have been translated into many world languages and appeal to readers of all generations to this day. The museum houses a multi-purpose hall where you can learn various ways to manipulate puppets. And if you wish to stay in this world of wooden figures a little longer, you can borrow a portable puppet theatre for CZK 150 per day and go to a nearby park to enjoy a fairy tale afternoon according to your own script.
Puppet Museum in Plzeň