Announcing the grand opening of the new Worlds of Puppetry Museum
Featuring puppets from around the world AND the world’s most comprehensive collection of the work of Jim Henson. See all the iconic characters: Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie, and many more!
Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of our new museum on Saturday, Nov. 14, with some special guests and festivities. November 14, 2015 from 11am to 6pm!
See the new museum, watch a show, and make a puppet!
Meet Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street! (11-11:20am, 12-12:20pm, and 1-1:20pm)
Meet Leslie Carrara-Rudolph and her puppet pal Lolly Lardpop!
Meet Sockly and other Center puppets! (roaming, 11am-4pm)
Grab a bite from the food trucks in our parking lot! (10am-6pm)
Enjoy an early “happy hour” drink.
Museum entry is TIMED to help regulate crowds. Get your timed-entry museum ticket OR your all-inclusive ticket which includes museum entry, a performance of Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerTM and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop. All-inclusive ticket holders will enter the museum AFTER their performance.
Museum Entry:11am - 6pm (every 30 minutes – click here for times) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: 12pm & 2pm Create-A-Puppet Workshop: 11am - 6pm (design changes at 4pm) Beer/wine bar: 4pm - 6pm Food trucks: until 6pm (serving breakfast AND lunch)
Celebrity puppets and appearance schedules to be announced!
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 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.
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.
Creature Shop section of the Jim Henson Collection gallery
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, artifacts will be displayed with rich, contextual backdrops and hands-on interactives that encourage patrons to immerse themselves in puppetry traditions from around the world.