Jim Henson’s Fantastic World Comes to Seattle

From May 23rd through August 16th, 2009, the Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) will be hosting an amazing exhibit and a number of accompanying events on the magical work of the late Jim Henson. 

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World is a deep dive into the work of the man behind the Muppets of “The Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street,” and “Fraggle Rock.” The exhibit features artifacts ranging from puppets to cartoons and storyboards to movie props as well as photographs of Henson at work. There is even a hands-on puppet theatre.

In addition to his iconic Muppets, Henson’s creativity encompassed music, multimedia, and all the components of story-telling that have made his creations into such a compelling and beloved legacy. While best known for characters like Kermit the Frog, Henson also branched out in a variety of other directions, including the darker creatures of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World is a joint effort of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and The Jim Henson Legacy. Entrance to the Experience Music Project and to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is included in the Go Seattle Card, so there is no reason not to check the exhibit out before it moves on.

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