The VALENTINETTI welcomes visitors of all ages here in Kitsap and from around the world to this unique collection celebrating its 20th Anniversary. We celebrated this milestone with a special exhibit of “Alice in Wonderland” puppets in the collection created at the University of Washington in 1936. Every year the curator mounts 4 or 5 new exhibits highlighting aspects of puppetry and puppet history. Strong support by the community will enable the museum to re-implement its performance season with professional puppeteers. For 20 years the VALENTINETTI has participated in a wide range of community events, including parades, off-site exhibitions, booths at events county wide, workshops, talks, etc. Colin Weaver, a teacher at Sycamore Tree Preschool, says “As a kid the puppet museum, was both fascinating place to visit and a wonderful platform for me to express myself. Doing puppet shows for the art walk with my friends, there is something I will never forget.” And now as an adult Colin’s childhood experiences are resonating again in his teaching of the young at Sycamore.
Impact Story – The funding that supports this extraordinary and unique museum is through generosity; the VALENTINETTI relies on its donors like you to pay the rent and keep the doors open, the exhibits changed, research and documentation on going, Puppets and puppetry are not just about entertainment and crafts. With your help funding will enrich the understanding of cultures and history from around the world and build a foundation for educational excellence and diversity. With collections nearing 2,000 items representing about 30 nations from around the world, the VALENTINETTI has been recognized with three major international gifts from Japan and China. Visitors from out-of-state and abroad are amazed to find such an institution here in Bremerton and walk away having learned more about their own cultural heritage and the art of puppetry worldwide. The VALENTINETTI provides an important family centered anchor to the downtown Bremerton commercial core.
Mission Statement – The Valentinetti Puppet Museum celebrates the art of puppetry through creative, historical and cultural experiences.