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Jim Henson's Muppets Monsters and Magic was a traveling museum exhibit that ran from 1987 to 1995, featuring puppets from The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Dinosaurs, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Mother Goose Stories, and The StoryTeller.

According to the Henson archivist Karen Falk, the exhibition evolved from The Art of the Muppets, and had its final stop at London's Museum of the Moving Image in 1989[1], though further venues are known (see list below).

The puppets on display included Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and Camilla all dressed in Muppets Take Manhattan costumes; Uncle Traveling Matt, Sprocket, Junior Gorg, and a team of radio-controlled Doozers; Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Grover, The Count and Oscar the Grouch; Baby Sinclair; Baby Kermit, Baby Piggy, Baby Gonzo, Baby Fozzie and Baby Rowlf from The Muppets Take Manhattan; Hoggle, a goblin guard and three Fireys; Mother Goose and her Goslings; Hans from "Hans My Hedgehog"; and the Ritual Master Skeksis.

Hands-on displays included a touch wall, where attendees could feel many of the materials used to create the Muppets, a video demonstration, where guests could try their hand at video puppetry, and an "ask the expert" table where you could get information about the Creature Shop.

Also on display was concept art and photographs from various Jim Henson film and television productions, and movie posters from all the Muppet movies.

One wall exhibit entitled “Early Muppets” featured images from Sam and Friends, The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence, and commercials for La Choy. Towards the end of the exhibit was a wall display called “New Visions” that featured images from The Secret Life of Toys, City Kids, Dog City, Muppet Treasure Island, and the unfinished project Borgel.

Known venues

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  • Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany: November 29, 1987 to January 24, 1988
  • London's Museum of the Moving Image, UK: 1989
  • The City Arts Council Centre, Scotland: 1989
  • The National Museum of Photography Film and Television, West Yorkshire, UK: March 27 to September 2, 1990
  • Warrington Museum, UK: October 1, 1993 to January 4, 1994
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, California: February 16 to May 1, 1994
  • Filmmuseum Potsdam, Berlin, Germany: June 2 to August 28, 1994
  • London's Museum of the Moving Image (second showing), UK: May 4 to September 3, 1995
  • Hannover, Germany: Date unknown
  • Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin, Ireland: Date unknown

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References

  1. Jim's Red Book - 6/5/1979 – ‘Lincoln Center Library – Party exhibit of The Art of the Muppets (runs thru Aug.)’ (2013-06-05)

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