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"Jim Henson's Fantastic World": Public Programs in June

“Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” will be on view through June 27.  If you haven’t had a chance to visit yet or would like to see the exhibition one last time, you may want to plan your visit to catch one of our June programs.

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On Saturday, June 5 at 2 p.m., join Museum staff for a free guided tour of “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” featuring drawings, cartoons and storyboards, puppets and television and movie props from throughout the artist’s career. We’ll explore his visual thinking and discover his talent as a storyteller and visionary.

Mornings at the Museum

Bert & Ernie, crop If Sesame Street is more your family’s speed, please plan on attending “Mornings at the Museum: All About Sesame Street” on Thursday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. Whether teaching kids how to count or sort recyclables, Jim Henson’s Sesame Street characters are all about fun. Join us for a Sesame “expedition” to uncover some of the creative lessons taught by the Muppets. For children age 4 and under with accompanying adult. $5/child (non-members) and $3/child (members).

Special Performance

If you would to see something out-of-the-ordinary, be here on Sunday, June 20, 2010 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. for a performance of "The ClockWorks, the Universe and Everything: An Hour of Puppets and Song" with The Cosmic Bicycle Theatre. With this show, Jonathan Cross of The Cosmic Bicycle Theatre will present a miniature masterpiece of experimental puppet theater. The show whimsically combines found objects, Victorian toy theater, shadow plays, and marionettes. For ages 8 to adult. Limited to 140. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by calling 781-861-6559, ext. 4101.

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On the same afternoon, Sunday, June 20, 2010 from 2:30–4 p.m.  Jane Henson, co-creator of the Muppets and widow of the late Jim Henson, will present “Look Both Ways & Go,” a behind-the-scenes look at how the pair created a cultural phenomenon. The presentation will feature seldom-seen video clips from the Jim Henson Archives. Free. No pre-registration necessary.

We will look forward to seeing you here at the museum in June.

Photo credits:

Bert & Ernie. Photo by John E. Barrett. TM & © 2010 SesameWorkshop. All Rights Reserved.

Jane Henson. Photo courtesy of The Jim Henson Legacy

“Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” is organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, in cooperation with the Henson Family; The Jim Henson Company; The Muppets Studio, LLC; and Sesame Workshop. The exhibition is made possible by The Biography Channel. Additional support has been provided by The Jane Henson Foundation and Cheryl Henson.  

The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of these public programs. 

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Hello National Heritage Museum,
I just wanted to say thank you for the great exhibits you have at your museum, such as this Henson exhibit, which my mother loved when she came to visit me. I moved to Lexington last year, and I have been to the National Heritage Museum many times. I have been meaning to join, but I am still not sure what is a "Freemason" even though I did briefly read about them at the museum. I also love some of the concerts you have had there. And as my mother noted, it is amazing you are supported not by the government but by private donations. I always try to donate when I am there. Thanks again.

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