Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, New York City

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The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is a building in Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, southeast of the Delacorte Theater near West Drive and 79th Street. It was imported to the U.S. in 1876 as Sweden’s exhibit for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The Swedish architecture and craftsmanship of the structure, suggestive of a model schoolhouse, caught the eye of Frederick Law Olmsted, who brought it to Central Park in 1877.


Beginning in 1947, the cottage served as the home of a marionette theater troupe that traveled across the city performing on playgrounds and school auditoriums. Under the direction of City Parks Foundation, citywide puppet shows in parks continue to this day through the CityParks PuppetMobile, the oldest continually operating company of its kind in the country, which presents free performances and puppet-making workshops in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and schools throughout New York City.


In 1973 a permanent theater was constructed inside the cottage designed for marionette performances. Since then, hundreds of thousands of children and families from around the world have enjoyed its original marionette productions. The cottage is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.
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  • We visited the theater and saw a great puppet show. The setting is picturesque and a great place to see a show! The crew here is super kid friendly and very welcoming. This is a gem of Central...  more »
  • The best marionette production I have ever seen. The story, music, acting, choreography, sets, and puppets, were impeccable. One of the highlights of NYC. Vastly underrated and under promoted...  more »
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  • Is very nice for children. We got a good time
  • Had a good time. Children will enjoy themselves watching the marionette show

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