Swedish Cottage


The Swedish Cottage is home to one of the last public marionette companies in the United States. Puppeteers have worked there since 1947. The cottage was originally constructed as a model pre-fabricated schoolhouse, and became Sweden's entry in the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. After the exhibit, Park co-designer Frederick Law Olmsted chose the rustic building for Central Park. After a string of diverse uses, the nature study center for children and an entomological lab, for examples, the cottage became headquarters in 1939 for the Parks Department's Marionette Theater. The marionette company has long been known for its whimsical productions of classics like Peter Pan and Cinderella.

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West Side at 79th Street

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  • Showtimes Saturday and Sundays at 1pm
  • For admission fee and more information, please call 212-988-9093
  • Group discounts for schools, camps and non-profit organizations. Reservations required
  • Birthday parties available afternoons with reservation. Call well in advance of the date you have in mind.