The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Puppets: The Power of Wonder exhibit provides hands-on educational fun with historic and contemporary puppets from around the world currently housed at the Center. Now, however, the Museum has been taken to a higher level of accessibility by launching the new Online Museum. With the Online Museum, visitors have the opportunity to travel to the Center with just a click of their mouse and have access to a collection of over 1500 puppets.
The Center for Puppetry Arts’ Online Museum is the first online puppetry museum of its kind and allows visitors to have current and up-to-date information, images, and access to the Center’s global collection. “The Online Museum combines contextual information and visual images to enhance learning for scholars, puppet enthusiasts, and those experiencing the art of puppetry for the first time,” says Museum Registrar, Melissa McCarriagher.
The Center’s mission is to entertain and enlighten audiences, nurture the world community of artists, expand the puppetry art form, and explore the past, present, and future of puppetry. The Online Museum allows visitors to do all of that and more from the comfort of their own home, office, coffee shop, airplane seat, or wherever there is access to a computer.
“Accessibility is paramount to the Center for Puppetry Arts’ mission. Our Online Museum has the potential to reach more people than all our programming combined. Anyone in the world with access to the Internet can see brilliant examples of Chinese hand puppets, the Punch and Judy tradition, African puppets, and other puppetry traditions found throughout the world,” says Center for Puppetry Arts’ Curator of Exhibits, Jeremy Underwood.
The physical museum at the Center is open Tues through Sat from 9am-5pm and Sun 11am -5pm with FREE admission every Thursday after 1pm. The Online Museum allows access to the Center’s permanent collection at anytime during the day or night FREE of charge. You decide, visit the Center in Midtown Atlanta, or click in today at http://www.puppet.org/museum/VeWebsite/ .
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