Illustrations of Asian puppetry can be seen in the entranceway to the Fairground Attractions exhibit alongside two 14th century shadow puppets of Egyptian origin from the collection of the leading Orientialist Paul Kahle.
Other features include the "Auf geht’s beim Schichtl" ("Curtains up at Schichtl's") exhibit with the original guillotine from the traditional Oktoberfest attraction "Beheading of a Live Person" and a mechanical slackrope-artist from just after World War II. Further attractions on display range from a fully equipped shooting gallery, merry-go-round vehicles and animals, ornamental figures from the outsides of carousels and a giant, mechanical King Kong from a funfair ride, replica heads used as targets in "coconut shies," barrel organs and paintings from fairground booths. A "curiosity corner" brings together a Venus figure posing for artists, wax busts, and all manner of oddities traditionally used to amuse or alarm fairground visitors. Another indispensable highlight for Munich fans is the world's oldest horse and carriage set from the merry-go-round at the former "Betz'sche Gastwirtschaft" in Haidhausen.
Beyond special exhibitions, a program featuring puppet shows has been arranged in conjunction with a Munich community group, the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Puppenspiels (Friends of Puppetry Association).
Additionally the Internationale Figurentheaterfestival München (Munich International Puppet Show Festival) is held every two years in collaboration with civic partners as well as the annual Figurentheaterfestival ANFÄNGE(R) (Puppet Show Festival BEGINNERS). Since 1950, over 700 puppet shows from more than 30 countries have been presented in cooperation with the Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Puppenspiels (Friends of Puppetry Association).
In 2008, the FigurenTheaterForum München (Munich Puppet Show Forum) was established with the joint participation of this voluntary organization and the Collection. For more information go to www.figurentheater-gfp.de.