Jim Henson Exhibition Opens in New York City




Kermit the Frog puppet

Experience the magic of Jim Henson and the Muppets at an all new exhibition on permanent view at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

The Jim Henson Exhibition explores Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture. It reveals how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. It also includes material from Henson’s lesser known and experimental film projects, presenting Henson as a restlessly creative performer, filmmaker, and technical innovator. 

Among the more than 300 objects on view in The Jim Henson Exhibition are 47 puppets including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Waldorf, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, a Skeksis, and other popular favorites. Many of the artifacts in the exhibition are drawn from the 2013 donation by Jim Henson’s family to the Museum’s collection. The exhibition also includes sketches, storyboards, scripts, and other material on loan from The Jim Henson Company Archives. Archival video and photographic material was provided by The Jim Henson Company, Sesame Workshop, and The Muppets Studio.

Admission is $15 adults, $11 seniors (ages 65+) and students (ages 18+), $7 youth (ages 3–17). Free for Museum members and children under 3.

Admission to The Jim Henson Exhibition is included with general Museum admission, but advance reservations are recommended. Reservations for timed entry may be made online at www.movingimage.us (there is a $1 service fee per ticket; waived for members) and in person at the Museum’s admissions desk. During free Friday gallery hours (4:00–8:00 p.m.), tickets will be given out first-come, first served.

Find out more at www.movingimage.us.


Entry to The Jim Henson Exhibition

Entry area and "Early Works" section, installation view

"The Muppets" section with Swedish Chef puppet, Koozebanian puppets, and Zoot

Jim Henson’s sketch for Oscar the Grouch, 1969. © The Jim Henson Company. © 2017, Sesame Workshop

Gobo puppet, 1983
Photo credit - Thanassi Karageorgiou / Museum of the Moving Image and The Jim Henson Company
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