Royal Marionettes at the DIA

Royal Marionettes come to life in this family fun large-scale puppetry exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts – here until Jan. 1, 2012, and sure to amaze the little puppets in your life.

These are more than your average sock puppets! Royal Marionettes showcases stage-crafted puppets used in the late 18th and 19th centuries for marionette theater around the world. Well-preserved and elaborately detailed, this "cast of characters" comes from the DIA's famed Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection. The marionettes are set on stage in a dramatic lighting to showcase the large size of these actors from the vaudeville age.

Parents and kids can visit the puppets during museum hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. DIA members get in for free, and ages 6-17 are only $4; adults are $8 and seniors $6.

Check out the Metro Parent calendar page for more on the 2011 Royal Marionettes at the DIA.

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