|Inside "The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited" (MoPOP)|
ATTRACTIONSOrganized by the Museum of the Moving Image, the traveling exhibit, The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, has made Seattle MoPOP the first stop on its tour. It’s easy to find. Just look for the furry walls and listen for familiar tunes like "The Rainbow Connection." The exhibit is a “must-see” event for anyone who is a fan of The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal or Labyrinth and I mean anyone. When I visited, there wasn’t a child in sight but plenty of adults taking selfies with Kermit and friends. I got a kick watching one gray-haired lady create her own Muppet character while her friend was studying clips from Sesame Street.
The exhibition features a broad range of artifacts related to Henson’s unparalleled career, including more than 20 puppets including well-known favorites like Bert and Ernie, Professor Honeydew and Beaker and Grover. And these are not facsimiles either. These are actual Muppet puppets that were used on the shows and movies. However, as much as you’d to touch them, you can’t because they are being displayed under glass.
|Professor Honeydew and Beaker.|
Henson’s earliest works are celebrated in grand style before taking you down memory lane, past Sesame Street, over to The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock before finishing off with Henson’s last works of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Since this is an exhibit about Henson and his work, Muppet movies and TV shows created after his death are not featured, but you’ll get a good sense on just what kind of man Henson was, how easy it was to work with him and why people still think of him fondly.
|"Light the Lights" photo opp.|
In addition, the exhibit also features some interactive elements where you can record yourself in front of a camera with a real puppet and a puppet design table to see if you should consider giving up your day job. You can also get your photo taken at the “Light the Lights” display and even put on your own puppet show.
|Design your own Muppet.|