Museum of Puppetry Arts was created out of a need and wish to find a place where to store and display puppets that had reached the end of their stage life. On 7th March 2010, the museum was opened in the building adjoining the theatre.
Hundreds of theatre puppets found a home in display windows, visitors could see puppet makers at work and special emphasis was placed on virtual solutions and touchscreen information boards. Since its opening, the museum has been constantly changing – parts of the permanent exhibition have changed, new rooms and activities have been added.
From the very start, the museum has been closely connected with the adjoining theatre –performances, meetings with actors and theatrerelated workshops take place in the museum. Since 2014 the museum has also been developing its educational programs. The goal has been to turn the museum into a place of more comprehensive puppet theatre experience for visitors of all ages, offering various educational programmes and creativity-inspiring workshops.
With Riesenkampff Foundation's support, Nuku Museum started a program which allows around 800 children from remote areas to visit the museum each year and try out puppet-making free of charge.