The Art of the Muppets

To promote the exhibit The Art of the Muppets in 1984, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy posed on one of the museum’s Carousel horses.

Kermit, Miss Piggy, and friends came to The Children’s Museum in October 1985—and so did their creator Jim Henson, who visited during the exhibit’s opening weekend. The traveling exhibit provided visitors with an inside look at how Henson and his staff of designers, fabricators, and puppeteers turned a few yards of fabric, felt, and padding into some of the most endearing and enduring characters in the history of television (and films, books, home video, recordings, and licensed merchandise).

The exhibit traced the history of the Muppets from their creation in 1954 for Sam and Friends, a local television show in Washington, D.C., to their international fame in the 1970s and ’80s. There were life-size photographic cutouts of Henson and fellow puppeteers, as well as video footage from various Muppet television shows and films.

The exhibit was open Oct. 5, 1985 through Jan. 5, 1986.