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Exciting changes are underway
here at the Center!
Construction has begun on our new Museum expansion! We will remain open during construction,
but here is some information
that may be helpful on your next visit:
During construction, the sidewalks directly adjacent to us on Spring & 18th Streets will be closed. If you are walking to the Center, please use the sidewalk on the east side of Spring Street and the north side of 18th Street.
In 1978, Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson cut the ribbon to open the Center for Puppetry Arts. Since then, the Center has inspired generations of children and adults through our performances, educational workshops, and exhibitions.
We are now in the midst of a transformative expansion that will allow us to touch even more lives through the art of puppetry. This expansion campaign, entitled Believe in Make Believe, will dramatically change the look of our building. New museum galleries, a renovated entryway, and other upgrades to our existing spaces will enhance your experience at the Center.
Set to open in Fall 2015, the new museum space will feature expanded exhibit areas for both our Global Collection and the Jim Henson Collection. These new exhibitions will be immersive and interactive, allowing guests of all ages to explore puppetry in unique ways, challenging preconceptions and giving a new appreciation of the global scope and universal power of the art form. As part of this project, we are also protecting and preserving hundreds of international and Henson treasures for future generations to enjoy and understand.
This expansion will bring the Center’s world-renowned collection and the largest collection of Henson’s art to a wider audience, and will continue to make the Center a one-of-a-kind experience within the world of puppetry. To complete this project, we need your help!
In 2007, Jim Henson’s family announced a momentous gift of puppets and props to the Center for Puppetry Arts. We are thrilled that approximately half of our expanded museum space will be dedicated to the Jim Henson Collection.
This interactive exhibition will follow Henson’s prolific imagination chronologically, transporting visitors through environments that typified the master puppeteer’s world such as Jim’s Office and the Television Studio.
In addition to learning how Henson’s characters came to life and are still performed, visitors will be able to view iconic puppets such as Kermit
the Frog and Miss Piggy.
The Global Collection will celebrate puppetry traditions in major cultures from around the world. Highlighting the history of puppetry in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, this Collection will also demonstrate the use of the art form as a teaching, healing, and communication tool.
Organized by continent, the global exhibit will contain individual areas for each geographic region. In these site-specific exhibit spaces,artifacts will be displayed within rich contextual backdrops alongside additional materials that help showcase varying artistic and cultural styles.