Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Muppet Exhibit coming to The National Museum of American History

This is a Muppet news flash!

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: 

1 comment:

  1. Chase, or anybody reading---Have you had the fortune of seeing the Smithsonian Exhibit? I saw it in Seattle in 2009! It was called "Jim Henson's Fantastic World". It was almost impossible to get pics in there (security everywhere watching people take pics, then taking their camera to delete "Smithsonian Property"). I saw it as "Jim Henson Property" & took as many pics as I could sneak (which were many). They had a booth where you could perform your own Muppet (with camera & tv screen to look at below as you performed). They played "Timepiece" & had framed many of Jim's original sketched for everything. It was a moment in my life that I wished had gone on forever! Here is a link to my pics --->