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The Jim Henson permanent exhibit will open at the Museum of the Moving Image this weekend

Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog in 1978 on the set of THE MUPPET MOVIE. Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Company/MoMI. Kermit the Frog © Disney/Muppets.

July 18, 2017 By Nathayl Pesantez

A permanent exhibition dedicated to Jim Henson, the late creator of the iconic Muppets, will open Saturday, July 22 at the Museum of Moving Image in Astoria.

The Jim Henson Exhibition will be a space dedicated to Henson’s contributions to popular culture in film and television through his work as a puppeteer, artist, and inventor.

The permanent exhibit will be housed in a new 2,200 sq.ft. gallery that was funded by the city. It will be the museum’s first gallery devoted to one artist.

Artifacts will help tell the story of Henson, with close to 300 objects in view, including character sketches, storyboards, and behind-the-scenes footage. Close to 50 puppets will be on display, including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and The Swedish Chef.

The exhibition will showcase film and television clips on over 27 monitors and projections, including some lesser known experimental film projects.

Visitors will also be able to design a puppet character and try puppeteering before a screen.

The museum will also host education programs, live appearances, workshops, and screenings related to Jim Henson and his career in weekly programs. Upcoming events include a screening of The Muppet Movie on Friday, July 21 at 5 p.m. and a puppet workshop for families on Sunday, July 23, at 11 a.m.

Tickets to the exhibit are $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for youth ages 3 to 17, with timed slots for entry (click for tickets).

Tickets have already sold out for the Saturday opening.

Jim Henson’s family donated many of the artifacts in the upcoming exhibition to the museum in 2013, according to the museum.

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