International Puppet Institute

Open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5pm.

Documentation center on puppetry and other arts (by appointment).

Center of training, research, documentation and creation, the International Institute of Puppetry (created in 1981) is both a place of reflection linked to contemporary creation and a conservatory dedicated to the history and know-how of an art born of tradition.

Created in 1987, its school, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette (ESNAM), trains puppeteers in three years. It delivers the DNSPC, speciality actor-puppeteer. The Institute also offers a continuing education program for professionals.

The public is regularly invited to discover the work of the students - the 13th class (2021-2024) - and artists in residence or in training, during end-of-workshop or internship presentations. More information on

In addition, the institute welcomes researchers from all over the world for residencies throughout the year, organizes laboratories and experiments, and offers exhibitions, symposiums and conferences open to the public.

Anyone interested in puppetry can come to the documentation center to consult books on the history or construction of puppets, periodicals in all languages, and videos of performances. Opening hours and online catalog:

To extend the discovery at home, the Puppetry Arts Portal allows you to find the work of ESNAM students, as well as thousands of documents on heritage and contemporary creation offered by the Institute and its partners: puppetry, shadow theater, paper theater, object theater...