New additions to include world’s largest collection of Jim Henson’s The Muppets.
UPDATE (June 17, 2014): Center For Puppetry Arts Files Plans For 2015 Expansion.
Center for Puppetry Arts officials announced in a press release Tuesday plans to renovate and expand in Midtown.
The project, to be completed in 2015, will include a new museum with the world’s most comprehensive collection of Jim Henson’s puppets and artifacts.
“We are thrilled that the Center for Puppetry Arts is able to expand their facilities to house this amazing and comprehensive collection of Jim Henson’s work, as well as the work of artists across the globe,” Bonnie Erickson, Executive Director of The Jim Henson Legacy, said in the release.
Project highlights also include a new library and archival space, a renovated entryway and many other upgrades to existing spaces that will aim to enhance the experience for Center for Puppetry Arts’ visitors, according to the release.
In 2007, Jim Henson’s family announced a momentous gift of puppets and props to the Center for Puppetry Arts.
Approximately half of the expanded museum space will be dedicated to the Jim Henson Collection, which will feature recognizable puppets from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal and Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.
Featured icons will include Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Bert, Ernie and many more.
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