9. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre

Photo courtesy of Open House New York

Originally brought to the U.S. in 1876 for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre ended up in Central Park in 1877 and has been home to a traveling marionette company since 1947. It still puts on marionette shows beloved by kids visiting Central Park.

For OHNY 2021, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre will be open to the public for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, its staff will offer guided tours of the space, explaining what it’s like to be a professional puppeteer, and will give special performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on both days.