In addition to the main exhibition, the museum hosts several special exhibition. The displays can be accessed with the general museum ticket during opening hours.
Exhibition “Urmas Alender. Actor in the Puppet Theatre”
The exhibition in the Vault of the Museum of Puppetry Arts visualises an actor’s journey in a theatre – starting work, rehearsals, performances and leavings. The time that Urmas Alender (1953–1994), the beloved singer and author of many well-known songs, worked in the Puppet Theatre is divided into two periods, which brought him eleven premieres with roles both behind as well in front of the puppet screen – a dog, a cobbler, an old man, an oven fork, Mister Father, second guard, Kalev the Rooster etc. But his list of roles also included many appearances as a singer, sound designer and song writer.
The exhibition focuses on Urmas Alender’s roles in eleven productions of the Puppet Theatre along with related excerpts from his personal diary. In the room you can hear the poem “Rahu” (Peace”), which Alender recorded himself and which he performed in the poetry reading programme staged in the Puppet Theatre, titled “Vaikusse, valgusse, puhtusse minna” (“To Go Into Silence, Into Light, Into Purity”; 1980). The programme was directed and poems and music written by Urmas Alender himself.
The exhibition “Urmas Alender. Actor in the Puppet Theatre” is open in the Vault of the Museum of Puppetry Arts from 2nd December 2020.
Exhibition Tiny Worlds by Rosita Raud
Rosita Raud is a theatre designer, whose career spans for over 30 years already. The special exhibition in Museum of Puppetry Arts introduces her work and creativity. Read more here.
Location: domed cellar of the museum (left from the entrance staircase)
Exhibition Masks and Costumes from the Theatre Day Gala
On March 27, 2018 Estonian Theatre for Young Audiences theatre hosted a Theatre Day Gala, an event for a thousand theatre people where the national theatre awards are given out. For the special production 10 highly creative and powerful characters were created, showing many sides of a theatre spirit. The masks and costumes of these characters can now be viewed in the museum.
Location: inner courtyard of the museum
Exhibition Actor's Wardrobe
An actor's wardrobe is a special place within the theatre. In the Museum of Puppetry Arts, the wardrobe of an actor hosts two best friends, Mr Anti Kobin's and Mr Taavi Tõnisson's vision of their ideal wardrobe with a chance to see their favourite puppets and costumes as well as to try out some of the actor's warm-up exercises along with them.
Location: 1st floor