Puppet museum

Puppets on sale at the Lin Liu-hsin Puppet Theatre Museum

Today I visited the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum (林柳新紀念偶戲博物館). It is located in the Dadaocheng area, which was once the heart of Taipei, but is now somewhat neglected. Nearby is Dihua Street (迪華街) which is famous for selling cloth and Chinese medicine and also contains the Xiahai City God Temple (霞海城隍廟). A stone's throw away in the other direction is the Dadaocheng Wharf (大稻埕碼頭). 

The museum is in a fairly small building with exhibitions on four floors. Everything is very neatly presented with good commentary in Chinese and English (and a little Japanese). The collection is well chosen and introduces many interesting aspects of puppetry.  

While the museum focuses on puppets in Taiwan, other parts of Asia are well represented. There are puppets from Guangdong and Fujian in China, marionettes from India and Burma and a special exhibition of Cambodian shadow puppets. 

The exhibition of Vietnamese Water Puppets on the fourth floor is visually stunning. Water puppets are a form of puppetry unique to Vietnam. Although catch the exhibition while you can, it ends on 31 December.

The museum highlights that puppetry is a very rich and diverse art form in Asia. It is well worth a visit.

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While on the subject of puppets I thought I would take the chance to post a few more photos of puppet shows that I have seen in Taiwan and Thailand. 

Shadow puppets in Nakorn Si Thammarat, Thailand

In Southeast Asia shadow puppets are the most common form of puppetry. The photo above was taken at the Shadow Puppet museum and workshop in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand. I also have some more photos and a short video of a shadow puppet play in Surat Thani here

Puppet show in Tucheng, Taipei County, Taiwan

The photo above was taken at a puppet play in front of a temple in Tucheng. There was an audience of about three people. The photo below gives some more context. 

Truck with puppet show performance in Tucheng, Taipei County

Also Shi-ru informed me that there will be a free puppet show at …

 另一場是在偶戲館前面,京華城旁邊的布袋戲表演
12/31 (PM7:30)
 http://www.pact.org.tw/golden/drama.html

If you can't read Chinese it says that there will be a puppet show beside the Living Mall in Taipei at 7:30 PM on Sunday 31 December. It is at the Puppetry Art Centre (台北偶戲館) which is Taipei's other puppet museum. There is definitely no shortage of museums here in Taiwan. 

3 thoughts on “Puppet museum

  1. I\’ve been to 台北偶戲館 (aka the other puppet museum)–I took my 12 year old brother (photo: http://tinyurl.com/y5q52t )

    It is most definitely geared towards (younger) children–and groups of school children for that matter. In fact, when we walked in to buy tickets, the lady look dumbfounded and asked me \”you really wanna go in?\”

    We both enjoyed what we saw there but felt like it was over way too fast. However, it was also quite interactive–he got to actually play with three different types of Taiwanese puppets which was fun.

    I didn\’t know about this other puppet museum. Next time I\’m in the north, I\’ll have to visit.

  2. Amanda, I also visited the Puppetry Art Center earlier this year, but got the impression that it was mainly for children. The Lin Liu-Hsin Museum also had some puppets that children could play with, but the exhibits were much more informative for adults.

    (I tried to fix the link in your comment, but there was some problem. I just put a tinyurl as text instead)

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