Henson’s Exhibit At Museum Of The Moving Image

Astoria’s Most Beloved Street:

The legacy of Jim Henson on exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. 
Photos by Emily Sweeney The legacy of Jim Henson on exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image. Photos by Emily Sweeney The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image walks visitors through the life of the creator of “Sesame Street” and The Muppets. Along with the puppets, actual notes and ideas written by Jim Henson and miscellaneous props, some lesser-known items of Henson’s are displayed. Upon walking through the exhibition, visitors can see props from “Labyrinth,” a movie directed by Henson. Visiting MMI to learn about the works of Jim Henson is fascinating, as visitors learn he created more than Sesame Street.

Henson’s first work was a television show called “Sam and Friends” that ran from 1955- 1961. Sam and Friends starred a puppet we all know and love, Rowlf the Dog. In 1969 that Sesame Street, a children’s educational television show, first aired on the Public Broadcasting Station. Then, in 1976, the Muppets got their own show and we all followed the love story of Miss Piggy and Kermit, who taught us “It ain’t easy being green,” as well as the rest of the gang.

Henson created these shows using puppets to provide children with the entertainment they are used to with the convenience of turning a television knob just after school.

It’s fitting that the Henson family donated these artifacts to the Museum of the Moving Image, as, to get to Sesame Street, all one has to do is cross the street. Since 1993, Sesame Street has been filmed at the Kaufmann Astoria Studios on 35th Avenue.

Besides looking at the props and reading about them, visitors can also take part in activities. The museum has a station to design your own puppet, a small room to use the puppets and make your own short film, and a decently sized theater where visitors can watch “The Muppet Show” reruns for hours. Friday nights are the perfect time to go, as the museum offers free admission Fridays from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm. Otherwise, children, students, and senior citizens receive a discounted admission price.

Those who cherished The Muppets and Sesame Street during childhood can go to the Museum of the Moving Image on 35th Avenue and 36th Street and spend hours learning about the life of someone so influential in their lives and reveling in sweet memories. This is truly an exhibition one can visit time and time again while never becoming uninterested. —Emily Sweeney

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