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Welcome to the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry

The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry is a unique resource for understanding the past, present, and future of puppets and material performance. As part of the University of Connecticut's School of Fine Arts, it complements UConn's Puppet Arts Program in building and disseminating knowledge about our field. The Ballard Institute presents exhibitions, performances, workshops, forums, and online resources about puppetry around the world; its collection of over 3,000 puppets and its archival resources offer further insights into puppet history.


The Ballard Institute will be closed from November 21 - 30 for Thanksgiving Break.
The museum will reopen for reservations on December 1.


Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by reservation only
Sunday through Tuesday: Closed


Visit the Museum

Make a Reservation

The museum will be open by reservation only on Wednesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about making a reservation!



Learn more about our current exhibitions and experience past exhibitions online!

Performances and Programs

Performances and Presentations

Join us for our upcoming in-person and online events! You can also enjoy past events and workshops online.



Schedule in-person and virtual workshops for groups of children and adults that explore how to build and manipulate puppets.