The Jim Henson Exhibition and Gallery
Jim Henson’s playful, endearing, gently subversive personality could be felt in all of the film and television work he created. Opening in 2016, The Jim Henson Exhibition will be a dynamic new visitor experience exploring Henson’s transformative impact on popular culture. This comprehensive exhibition will feature a selection from the Museum’s collection of nearly 500 objects related to Jim Henson’s unparalleled career, including historic puppets, costumes, production design material, and licensed merchandise. These objects, donated to the Museum by Henson’s family, will be featured along with character sketches, storyboards, scripts, behind-the-scenes footage, and interactive experiences highlighting Henson's immense contributions to the art and industry of the moving image.
Henson’s unique body of work continues to delight and inspire people around the world. His creations include the enduringly popular puppet characters of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Muppet films, which established his characters as international superstars; and the fantastical worlds of Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. The exhibition will explore how Henson achieved this remarkable success by working with a team of dedicated puppet builders, designers, performers, and writers who shared his restless curiosity, spirit of experimentation, and commitment to creative collaboration.
In addition to the permanent gallery, the Museum will explore Henson’s career and legacy through education programs, live appearances, family workshops, film screenings, and a traveling version of the exhibition, which will launch in 2016.
• More than 50 puppets including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Elmo, Count von Count, Gobo Fraggle, the Swedish Chef, and Statler and Waldorf
• Interactive experiences that allow visitors to dive into Henson’s creative process
• Jim Henson's sketches, storyboards, and scripts from The Jim Henson Company Archive
• Rare behind-the-scenes footage of Henson and his collaborators
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