Puppet Museum today

The Portland Puppet Museum (originally called Ping Pong’s Pint Size Puppet Museum) has been in existence since May of 2012, and is one of only a handful of surviving museums in the United States that is dedicated to presenting and preserving the history of American and International Puppetry. 

The Exhibit Hall which has been open and free to the public, Thursday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. year round, has survived mainly by donations and has featured over 50 different exhibits in the past decade. Focusing on different aspects of worldwide puppetry art as well as the history of Oregon Puppetry, each exhibit has showcased between 200 and 400 puppets of all sizes and kinds, as well as puppet memorabilia. They all have been housed in the bottom floor of the historic Campbell’s Grocery Store of Sellwood, built in 1870. 

We also fund the museum with in-house paid workshops and live performances as well as mobile performances for different organizations such as the Italian Festival, Robin Hood Festival and many local shopping centers and schools. 

We have been featured in the New York Times special 36 hours in Portland, as well as a Voice of America special viewed throughout Eastern Europe. The Museum has also been featured in a major article shared in 21 newspapers around America. 

We also ran outreach programs such as Senior Tours and Home school and Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations in the museum with interactive and educational programs.