Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Be transported back to your childhood at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, which is the place to take the kids for an enchanting puppet show. Located in Central Park, this charming theatre hosts marionette plays throughout the year. Productions are based on classic fairy tales and are geared for children aged three to nine.

A Swedish Import

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre was originally designed as Sweden’s exhibit for the 1876 Centennial Expo in Philadelphia. The Swedish architecture was inspired by a model schoolhouse. Legendary journalist and landscape designer Fredrick Law Olmsted was so impressed by the craftsmanship that he transplanted the cottage to Central Park in 1877.

Citywide Puppet Shows

In 1947, the Swedish Cottage became the home of a travelling marionette theatre troupe that entertained at playgrounds and schools throughout New York City. These citywide puppet shows still take place in parks through the CityParks PuppetMobile. In 1973, a permanent theatre was built inside the Cottage for marionette performances. These original puppet shows continue to entertain families to this day.

Visiting the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in New York City

The Swedish Cottage is located in Central Park at 79th Street and the West Drive, south of the outdoor Delacorte Theatre behind the Belvedere Castle.

For more information and a schedule of shows call 212-988-9093 or visit the City Parks Foundation website.