In honor of what would have been Jim Henson's 77th birthday, the Smithsonian Museum unexpectedly announced that many of the original Muppets would be joining along Kermit, Oscar the Grouch and the Sam & Friends Gang in the National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.
Elmo & Fozzie in the Smithsonian Conservation Lab
Among the announced Muppets were Fozzie Bear, Elmo, The Swedish Chef, Miss Piggy J.P. Grosse, Boober, Red and Uncle Traveling Matt and an original Grover puppet.
Earlier this year, the Museum of Moving Image in New York announced they would be creating a brand new permanent exhibit celebrating Jim Henson's life and work. Not to mention the Jim Henson exhibit and puppets at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.
This is a very exciting time for Western Muppet fans, (sorry Australia!). Smithsonian has yet to announce when all the Muppets will go on display, but they made clear that Miss Piggy will go on display in March 2014 (just in time for Muppets Most Wanted).
Official Smithsonian announcement: