Muppets Take Midtown: 8 favorite attractions at Center for Puppetry Arts’ new museum
In 1978, Jim Henson and Kermit cut the ribbon for that Center for Puppetry Arts’ grand opening. On November 14, Kermit returns included in the center’s 7,500-square-feet Worlds of Puppetry Museum, including two permanent galleries: one dedicated to 3,000-plus worldwide puppets and the other featuring a few of the 500 Muppets and props donated by Henson’s family in 2007. A couple of in our favorite features:
1. View early Henson creations.
The Henson section-the biggest exhibition of his work in the united states-is arranged chronologically and begins with Omar (a personality from Henson’s first Television show Mike and Buddies) and Rowlf your dog, who made his debut in Purina commercials before joining The Muppet Show.
2. Find puppets from around the world.
The worldwide wing’s first exhibition is covered with Asian puppets, from Vietnamese water puppets to South Korean creations acquired this past year.
3. Celebrate cult-favorite films.
The exhibition also features Henson’s adult-oriented work. See Labyrinth’s Didymus and The Dark Crystal’s Jen in a room devoted to their films.
4. Go down to Fraggle Rock.
Fans of Henson’s 1980s hit Fraggle Rock can check out Sprocket, Doozers, and other Fraggles, which are housed in their own space.
5. Try your hand at puppeteering
A shadow puppet wall lets you practice your creature choreography. Kids can also try out rod marionettes.
6. See where the magic happened
Visitors can walk into a re-creation of Henson’s office, complete with his Emmys and a homemade papier-mâché moose head hanging above his desk.
7. Pretend you work on Sesame Street
The TV studio space lets you see firsthand how tough it is to play Muppeteer.
8. Feel Muppet materials
Learn how Muppets are made in the creature workshop, which contains fabric swatches and drawers of googly eyes and noses.
Photographs by John McDonald
This article originally appeared in our November 2015 issue.