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.

Explore the Cottage and join us for our first Puppet Slam on October 17 & 18

The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is proud to announce a virtual open house presented with Open House New York. Taking place on October 17 & 18, the open house will offer an in-depth look into the history of the theatre and its puppeteers, followed by “Puppet Time,” our first-ever Puppet Slam showcase.

Tune in on the Open House New York website, City Parks Foundation YouTube or the City Parks Foundation Facebook page.

11:00 AM ET:

Part I: A History of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre facilitated by Swedish American puppeteer Cinna Vesterberg
From its origin in Sweden, through its journey to Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park’s Centennial Exhibition in 1876, to its final, current destination in Central Park, Cinna will explore this schoolhouse-turned-marionette-theatre’s intriguing history and place as an Historic House Landmark.

Part II: Behind the Scenes with Swedish Cottage Marionette Puppeteers facilitated by Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Artistic Director Bruce Cannon
The Swedish Cottage puppeteers’ history began 63 years after the Swedish Schoolhouse debuted at the Historic 1876 Centennial Exhibition. Bruce Cannon will take us through the history of the puppeteers and their fascinating journey as a puppet troupe into the 21st century.

12:00 PM ET

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, will be presenting a 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” will feature  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).

Read the full press announcement here.



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.



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.