Girls’ night! Get the squad together and join us in a toast to friendship with pals old and new!
In a Puppet Party, people can expect a powerful nostalgic experience in a child-free Worlds of Puppetry Museum while listening to live music from Total Babe
and enjoying beer, wine, and free light bites. Giant Jenga and Cornhole games will also be available. What better way to spend the evening than with the Muppets and music!
BTW, here is how to take the perfect puppet selfie!
The museum collection rotates every 6 months so there is always something new to see when you visit. While our Family Series
performances are always a delight for children and parents, we have a great line up of adult programming this season.
The Center's story begins when a young puppeteer from Florida, Vincent Anthony, began touring with Nicolo Marionettes under the tutelage of Nicholas Coppola based out of New York. By 1966, he was ready for a smaller community where he could be an active partner and make a difference. He pursued the vision of a center that would promote puppetry and become a vital part of the community. He decided to call Atlanta home and created Vagabond Marionettes with Mitchell Edmonds.
As the largest American non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the art of puppetry, the Center for Puppetry Arts presents original and touring puppet performances for children and adults year round. Its Worlds of Puppetry Museum houses the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets as well as an extensive Global Collection. The Center’s Education Department offers a wide range of onsite and outreach workshops and residencies that allow learners of all ages and experience levels to explore and enjoy the art of puppetry. The Distance Learning Department is the Center’s digital content platform, using the latest technology to offer workshops and puppets shows for Pre-K thru Adult audiences worldwide. It truly is a Center for Puppetry Arts!
The Vagabond Marionettes traveled around the Southeast and presented several seasons at Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center. In 1978, Anthony found a permanent home in the former Spring Street Elementary School and the Center was born. That first season, the Center mounted an exhibition of puppets, presented shows for adults and families, and hosted community-based workshops and activities that continue to this day.
Since it opened the Center for Puppetry Arts has attracted families and school groups to our award-winning puppetry performances that are targeted at children 4 and up. In 2007, Jim Henson's family selected the Center as the destination for their definitive collection of more than 500 puppets, props, and costumes honoring his legacy – the largest collection of such items in the world. Adults who visit the Worlds of Puppetry Museum are able to relive their childhood with the characters they grew up with on Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and Jim Henson’s fantasy films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.
The Center for Puppetry Arts is the only location of its kind in the US. Many locals think other cities have similar Centers. While most major cities feature a puppet theater, no other organization offers the variety and scope of experiences available at the Center. With the acquisition of the Jim Henson Collection visitors can experience the work of an American icon who was not only a puppeteer but a pioneer in television and film, making the museum a must-see destination for pop culture fans from all over the world.