Announcing the grand opening of the new Worlds of Puppetry Museum
After many years of fundraising, design and construction, the Center for Puppetry Arts invites you to celebrate the completion of its “Believe in Make Believe” campaign and the official opening of its new museum on Saturday, November 14, 2015! The Worlds of Puppetry Museum will feature two galleries: one devoted to the Global Collection and one dedicated to the Jim Henson Collection, the world’s most comprehensive collection of Jim Henson’s puppets and artifacts. Patrons will enjoy the newly expanded 7,500 square foot museum space, as well as a renovated entryway, expanded museum store, new research library, and other exciting updates to the Center.
“Great museums are characterized by their ability to continually educate, inspire and evolve,” said Vincent Anthony, Center for Puppetry Arts founding Executive Director. “Our team has been preparing for this day for many years, and we are thankful for the generous contributions from the Jim Henson family, our benevolent donors, generous Members, and the support of our community. This is a true turning point for the Center for Puppetry Arts – and we welcome visitors to come discover the magic and wonder that lie behind these doors.”
Grand opening festivities will include well-known walk-around Henson characters, photo opportunities, and other engaging activities that will make the day a festival-like celebration. In conjunction with the grand opening events, the Center’s annual holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™ returns to the stage. This long-awaited day is not to be missed!
To purchase tickets now, CLICK HERE or call 404-873-3391. Ticket options include Museum-only tickets, as well as the All-Inclusive ticket that includes the performance, Create-A-Puppet-Workshop™, and entry to the new museum. All tickets will include the additional celebratory activities happening that day.
There’s still time for patrons to make their mark before the doors open! The Center will soon announce exciting details on a unique opportunity for the general public to support the “Believe in Make Believe” campaign. To date, this transformative campaign to expand and renovate the Center has raised more than $14 million. More information will be available in August.
Please note: The Center will continue to present performances, workshops, and films throughout the expansion, however existing museum exhibits are currently closed for construction.
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.