Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

For decades, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park has been bringing enjoyment to legions of people through its contemporary and innovative marionette productions based on children’s classics. 


Because of COVID-19, City Parks Foundation is taking precautionary measures in all of our programs. 

Please note that the opening of our new show, Wake Up, Daisy!, will be delayed until further notice. The Swedish Cottage will also remain closed until further notice.

We will continue to assess the situation and provide further program updates as they become available. You may exchange your ticket for a later date or request a refund, but we hope you will consider donating the price of the ticket to support the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and free puppet shows in NYC Parks.

Please email for any assistance.


While our Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is closed, we’re moving it online to share puppet-making activities, custom coloring pages from our past shows, and a behind-the-scenes look at how we build custom marionettes.




Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre presents Puppet Time
With support from the Puppet Slam Network, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, housed in the historic theatre in Central Park, presented it’s first digital Puppet Slam, “Puppet Time,” originally planned to be performed live during Open House NY weekend, brought to you virtually from various sites in Central Park. The hour-long “Puppet Time” features familiar and never-before-seen marionette performances that demonstrate the collective and individual talents of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre puppeteers, past and present.

“Puppet Time” is funded in part by the Puppet Slam Network (a project of IBEX Puppetry).


“Puppet Time” Performances:

“Fine Day” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Pippi (2007, 2013)
“Bestest Clothes” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Princess, Emperor and the Duck (2003, 2006, 2017)
“EGGriginated” by Ronny Wasserstrom, Playdate Puppets
“Funny Bunny: Bulletin from the Burrow” by Honey Goodenough, Good Hearted Entertainment
“Balloon Clown Cat,” by Arlee Chadwick
“Dancing with My Shadow” and ”Flying” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Peter Pan (2009)
“STYX” by Kervin Peralta
“Jokes with Josue” by Emmanuel Elpenord
“Vaccine” by Kevin White
“Simulacrum” by Charlie Delrisco
“What is the Role of a Chairperson” by Liz Oakley and Ali Goss
“Looking for a Princess” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Princess, Emperor and the Duck (2003, 2006, 2017)
“Seneca Rap” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure (2016, 2017)
“Jerusalema”Marionette and dance Medley, by Bruce Cannon, Bruce Cannon’s Puppetry Productions
“How You Gonna Come Back Tomorrow” from Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Pippi (2007, 2013)

About the Cottage

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre was imported to the U.S. in 1876 as Sweden’s exhibit for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The enchanting Swedish architecture and craftsmanship of the structure, suggestive of a model schoolhouse, caught the eye of Frederick Law Olmsted, who brought it to Central Park in 1877.

A traveling marionette company was founded in 1939 and in 1947 the Swedish Cottage became home to the company. In 1973, a permanent theater was constructed inside the Swedish Cottage, designed for marionette performances. Since then, hundreds of thousands of children and families from around the world have enjoyed its original productions.


West 79th Street & West Drive, Central Park | MAP

Walking directions to the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Birthday Parties, Group Rates & Rentals

The Cottage features a unique party room adjacent to the theater that comes equipped with child-size furniture, making it an ideal spot to host your private party. Group rates are available for schools and non-profit organizations. The Swedish Cottage is an approved vendor of the NYC Department of Education.



For more information please contact 212-639-1697.


Generous private support is provided by The Weininger Foundation, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, and The Prescott Fund for Children and Youth. In partnership with NYC Parks and Historic House Trust.



We bring New Yorkers together in their parks by offering free programs. Although our programming is temporarily suspended, parks remain open to find solace, to exercise, and to remain healthy. Please give now if you can so that we can be back in parks soon.