The Jim Henson exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum features iconic puppets and costumes

(WXYZ) – The Jim Henson exhibit will be on view at the Henry Ford Museum this summer.

The traveling exhibition opens from June 5 to September 6 and is a version of the Museum of Moving Image’s current exhibition on permanent view in New York.

The museum explains that the Jim Henson: Imagination Unlimited exhibit explores Henson’s work for film and television and its transformative impact on popular culture.

It reveals how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought the worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and more to life. It also includes material from Henson’s experimental film projects and early work.

The exhibit features a wide range of artifacts related to Henson’s career, including over 20 puppets, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, film and TV clips, behind-the-scenes footage , iconic costumes and interactive experiences that allow visitors to try their hand at puppetry in front of the camera and design a puppet character.

Highlights include a 1978 Kermit the Frog puppet; handwritten scripts from Henson’s first television series, Sam and Friends (1955-1961); an excerpt from his Oscar-nominated experimental film Time Piece (1965); Jen and Kira puppets from The Dark Crystal (1982); familiar Sesame Street puppets, including Grover, Ernie, Bert and Count von Count; plus costumes from Labyrinth (1986).

The Jim Henson: Imagination Unlimited exhibit is free with membership or admission to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

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