Bert and Ernie
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 the National Museum of American History received a donation of more than 20 Jim Henson puppets and props from the Henson family. Donations included Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show, Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street and Boober Fraggle and Travelling Matt from Fraggle Rock. The gift was made on what would have been Henson’s 77th birthday and shortly after his wife, Jane Henson, died in April. Miss Piggy will go on display in March 2014 in the Smithsonian’s “American Stories” exhibit next to storied artifacts such as Dorothy’s ruby slippers and Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves. The original Kermit and Cookie Monster will go on view in November in a special display case. Fans of the Muppets will be able to see some of these latest additions to the collection in December in a new exhibition on puppetry.