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UPDATE: Portland Puppet Museum reopened to the public on Oct. 1 -- but kits still available

DAVID F. ASHTON - These puppet parts are destined to become entertaining performers for you, once kids or adults finish them at home, from kits offered online by Sellwoods Portland Puppet Museum. Their displays are ready, including an exclusive second-story exhibition space for unique doll houses, but it looks as of Sellwood's Portland Puppet Museum won't be opening to the public in person anytime soon.

That's what partner Steve Overton told THE BEE in late summer. "We can't open until 'Phase 2' is declared by Multnomah County.

"Because of this we've been changing the windows out every couple of days or so, with puppets from the museum," Overton said. "When people walk by, they see different characters in the window. It's so fun because neighbors are bringing their family over to see what's changed."

While they wait to open their in-person exhibit to visitors – it will feature world-famous puppet makers – he said they've been busy putting together new puppet-making kits for kids and adults to enjoy.

"We cannot do in-person workshops, as we typically offer during the summer, so we are developing at-home puppet kits – complete with heads and body parts, costume material, jewels, and all the things needed to operate either a marionette, or rod puppet," Overton explained.

The teaching of how to do it is done online, with step-by-step videos, illustrating just how to put the puppet together and perform with it. UPDATE: The Portland Puppet Museum reopened on October 1 with its new "Puppets of Portland" exhibit. From Thursday to Sunday from 2 - 8 p.m., guests can once again enjoy the Portland Puppet Museum, with admission by donation. Masks, hand sanitizing, and social distancing are required for admission; and, they ask you reference the hand-painted "Panda Paw Prints", spaced 6 feet apart, while there. Don't have a mask? They'll give you a new one upon entering.

If you're interested in finding out more, go to – www.puppetmuseum.com


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