Located at 906 SE Umatilla St in the
historic Sellwood District of Portland, Oregon, Portland Puppet Museum
is your place to learn about all things Puppet
and let loose your inner child. Fun for all ages!!!
(Yes, big people are always welcome) Open Thursday - Sunday 2-8 pm
Museum Admission is always FREE!!
Our pint size gift shop features American-made puppets
as well as our book and movie. Support your local artists!!!
Build-a-Puppet Classes at the museum! Yeah, Yeah, we know. The typical build-a-puppet class features paper bag puppets with
glued-on decorations. Perfect to use as a litter bag in the car on the way home from the
class. Well, not here at the museum. We help our students make puppets that they will
take home, display proudly, and actually use. Even big people have fun in our classes. Click here for details
The Museum is located at 906 SE Umatilla St, Portland, OR
(Corner of 9th & Umatilla in the Sellwood district,
two blocks south of Tacoma Street) (503) 233-7723
Trimet Bus 70 comes closest to the museum (Three blocks away)
Click here to put your name on our e-mail list. Each week or so, Ping Pong keeps you
up to date on the latest happenings at his Puppet Museum, the first and only one in Oregon.
No Spam - and we don't sell or share your name with anyone!!!
How about a Field Trip to the museum! Planning a field trip for Seniors, home schoolers, scouts or other groups?
Schedule a visit and have the museum all to yourselves, mornings and
during any hours on days that we are closed. Your group will receive a
more personalized experience and the tour can be adapted to fit your
special needs. (Workshops include instructor & materials fees) Click here for details
History of Our Building Our building has been in continual use since way back around the
turn of the century - no not this one, the last one. This picture was
taken around 1900. To learn more about the building, click here.
We were on TV here in Portland!!! Kyle Maki of
KOIN-TV, Channel 6, visited us on May 12,
2015. Take a look: Click on the picture below:
And again on "City Lights" on local cable access
Comcast 11. Thanks to Carolyn & Patrck
Brunett. Click on the picture below:
Better get here
quickly or it'll be
Our new exhibit reveals the secrets of puppet
history from its beginnings in Ancient Egypt through
Greek & Roman times, then circling the globe to Asia
and the Far East.
Both fun and educational, this exhibit will take you
back, back, back to caveman days when the firelight
created shadows on cave walls of performer’s hands
retelling the hunting exploits of tribe members while
their pet dragon lay snoring outside the entrance.
(Well...maybe not THAT far back).
Let’s skip ahead to a toy marionette in the Egyptian
Museum, which dates from the middle kingdom
(about 2000 BCE). Drawings of mechanical puppets
from ancient Greece, metal Roman puppets in full
battle dress, and shadow and rod puppets from Asia
unchanged for untold generations.