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Museum of Anthropology Shadows, Strings, and Other Things

Thursday, May 16th, 2019 — 4:02pm PDT
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The Museum of Anthropology (“MOA”) at UBC presents an immersive exhibition animated with light, sound, and moving images — Shadows, Strings and Other Things: The Enchanting Theatre of Puppets, on display from May 16 to October 14, 2019. 

String puppets. By unknown makers (Sinhalese). MOA Collection: Eh149, Eh147, Eh164, Eh144, Eh142. Photo by Alina Ilyasova, courtesy of Museum of Anthropology at UBC.

Shadows, Strings, and Other Things at the MOA

When: May 16 to October 14, 2019
Where: Museum of Anthropology (UBC, 6393 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver)
Exhibit Opening Reception: May 16, 2019 at 7:00pm

Curated by Dr. Nicola Levell, an associate professor of museum and visual anthropology at the University of British Columbia and sought-after independent curator, this enchanting exhibition details the role puppetry traditions have played from generation to generation in the transmission of cultural knowledge, stories, and values around the world. Visitors will have the opportunity to view more than 250 handcrafted puppets drawn from MOA’s collection — the largest in Western Canada — plus, new acquisitions from China, Brazil, Italy, Java, the UK, and France revealed to the public for the first time.

In Shadows, Strings and Other Things, visitors are welcomed into a grand theatrical experience where five theatre stages demonstrate each main puppet type: shadow, string (marionette), rod, hand (glove), and stop-motion animation. Stages are framed by opulent curtains and lavish, hand-illustrated backdrops, and depict scenes from various puppet plays. The exhibition also offers a glimpse behind the scenes, with displays of workshop settings and storage spaces. Other extraordinary puppets are presented in glass cases, while video booths play moving pictures of different puppetry traditions from around the world.

Many of the puppetry traditions on display are recognized and celebrated by UNESCO as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This exhibition spotlights how puppets dramatize the human experience in many parts of the world. Shadows, Strings and Other Things is a unique and magical opportunity for visitors of all ages to explore the historical and dynamic qualities of puppetry.

Win Passes & More

I have a pair of passes to give away to this exhibition PLUS $50 to spend at the amazing MOA gift shop. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Follow MOA on Twitter and Facebook for more information about this exhibition and more.

UPDATE The winner is Gillian!


  1. Maryse says:

    In a contest between dinosaurs (Jurassic Quest at the Vancouver Convention Centre) and puppets … it’s the puppets, in a landslide. I’m really excited about ‘Shadows, Strings, and Other Things’. I had no idea thee was such a large collection at the MOA. Good luck to me and everyone else who enters!

  2. Debbie W says:

    would love to go to the MOA

  3. Tiff says:

    After many years at UBC, I never ended up going to the MOA… Would love to finally go!

  4. Ed says:

    Would love to go!

  5. Leah says:

    I have never been to the MOA and would love to go!! This looks amazing

  6. Hersh says:

    Wow, interesting.

  7. Karen Miller says:

    Oh, yes!

  8. Gregory Miller says:

    This sounds great. I’d love to attend.

  9. Jonathan says:

    I want!to see this!

  10. Tazim Damji says:

    This looks like a great exhibit!

  11. Bruce M. says:

    “Like a doll, like a puppet with no will at all
    And somebody told me how to talk, how to walk, how to fall”
    -ABBA, ‘Marionette’

  12. Cheuk says:


  13. Gillian Burns says:

    The exhibit sounds amazing I have always loved puppets and different kinds of puppetry. I hope that I can be picked as I would love to take my husband as he is always supportive of all things I try to do.

  14. Cressida says:

    Would love to visit MOA

  15. Will. says:

    M.O.A. always a treat! This is a fine, fun example.

  16. Alexandra says:

    Wow. I would love to go and see these puppets.

  17. Rose says:

    Canโ€™t wait. Good luck!

  18. A.H says:


  19. Gregg Kendrick says:

    Would love to take the kids to this ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Kristy says:

    I would like to see this exhibit.

  21. Shelley Butcher says:

    It’s been a few years since I’ve visited MOA. I would love to visit again.

  22. Kim Rees says:

    I just love puppetry

  23. Rino says:

    Would love to visit the museum of anthropology

  24. Wes says:

    Love the MOA!

  25. Carol says:

    Such an interesting museum and this look like a really interesting exhibit.

  26. Vera says:

    Sounds like a great exhibit to take the grandkids to. Have not been to the Musuem of Anthropology for a least 2 decades ๐Ÿ˜ฌ so thanks for the chance to win these tickets!

  27. Kate says:

    This looks like such a fascinating exhibit! Such a beautiful museum too ๐Ÿ˜Š

  28. Peter says:

    I would love to go to MOV.

  29. Aggie says:

    It will be fun, educational and interesting!

  30. Sunshine H says:

    This looks like a fascinating exhibit.

  31. Veronika says:

    Looks fun! I havenโ€™t been to moa for 20 years!

  32. Linda says:

    I love the MOA. It’s one of my favourite places to visit.

  33. Anda says:

    Would love to visit the MOA again, and see Susan Point’s work especially!

  34. donnapetroff says:

    would love to go

  35. Fiona Au says:

    Pick me pick me!! I would love to go. Thank you Miss 604!!

  36. Hector says:

    Super excited about the world of puppets and puppeteers. Would love to take my family to this beautiful museum!

  37. Hector says:

    Super excited about the world of puppets and puppeteers!

  38. Hector says:

    Love puppets so much that married a puppeteer…๐Ÿ˜„

  39. Hector Orr says:

    Love puppets so much that married a puppeteer…๐Ÿ˜„

  40. Kelly says:

    Would love to go back to the MOA!

  41. bonnie lam says:

    Cool. Good luck to you all. Huggies.

  42. Jean says:

    MOA exhibits are always interesting!

  43. Rob says:

    Sounds like it will be a great time. Looking forward to heading out to UBCland soon

  44. Andy C. says:

    Interesting theme, neato!

  45. Dane says:

    love to go

  46. Dale says:

    Would love to go

  47. Jessica Roberts-Farina says:

    I love the magic of puppets.

  48. Jason B says:


  49. Diana says:

    How cool would going to see puppets be!!! Want to win!

  50. sarah says:

    so cool!

  51. Anna says:

    I want to see these puppets

  52. Sandhya Prasad says:

    Wow this would be amazing to go and see

  53. Marisa. P says:

    The MOA is such a great place to visit.

  54. Tiana says:

    Need to go back again

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