Four generations of the Ferrari family of Parma have carved, painted, strung, and dressed puppets by hand, and this free museum beside the Camera di San Paolo, on the ground floor of the Monastery of San Paolo, displays those and other marionettes from elsewhere in Italy.
In each room, a little theater displays the marionettes, surrounded by more exhibits of puppets, playbills, posters, photographs, and stage equipment. Faces and costumes are all designed individually to suit the characters in the stories, which are also created here. So are the stage sets and props. You can watch films of past puppet shows produced by the Ferraris.