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See the mind and creations of Jim Henson at the Henry Ford Museum


Vae O’Neil, A & E Editor

Coming this week to the Henry Ford Museum is the Jim Henson Exhibition. The exhibit will explore the puppeteers influence in film and television as well as his impact on American culture. Over his 40-odd-year long career, Henson made his name known by the creation of his world-famous puppet characters and film narratives, leaving behind an indefatigable impression on popular culture. Not only did he sculpt the Muppets into internationally beloved characters, but Henson also made them, and consequently Sesame Street, into an immortal brand that has been on air for nearly as long as he had lived.

This exhibition explores Henson’s particular influences on the television sphere, and how he and a talented constellation of designers, performers, and writers created an incomparable creation that continues to bring joy and inspiration to people young and old. In the exhibit, visitors will find over 100 original artifacts, including over two dozen puppets; storyboards, character sketches, costumes, photographs, film and television clips, behind-the-scenes footage, interactive puppeteering experiences and more. It’s certainly not an experience to grouch about.

The exhibit is held from June 5 – Sept. 6, at The Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn; Members attend free, nonmembers’ prices vary – see website for details.