OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Jim Henson let his imagination run wild as he created characters that remained popular for decades. The Durham Museum is showcasing his "Imagination Unlimited" exhibit at the Durham Museum.
Henson entertained and brought a fun and exciting way to teach. Many kids learned their numbers with the Count or the meaning of friendship with characters Bert & Ernie.
"I grew up with a lot of these characters so seeing them live, here in person, is nostalgic for me. We remember Kermit the Frog, seeing these fuzzy friends just brings a smile to my face," said Jessica Brummer, Director of Communications with the Durham Museum.
TV shows like Sesame Street and the Muppets have memorabilia on display. You can see handwritten notes drawings and original storyboards as Henson developed and created some of our most beloved characters.
Brummer adds, "When you talk about the man himself and his creative genius and what he was able to do for film and television, things that had never been done before. Through this oddball group of characters, people could relate to them and learn about friendship, kindness, all of those kinds of values he wanted to instill...and leave people with."
Clothing from the movie Labyrinth is on display as well as many interactive displays. You can try your hand at puppeteering or let your imagination run wild and create your very own Muppet character.
Henson died in 1990 but his beloved characters impacted the world and him in every way.
"Imagination Unlimited" will be on display until January 10th, 2021.
The museum asks that you reserve tickets online to limit the number of people in the museum at one time for social distancing precautions.
Masks are required and they provide hand sanitizer and gloves for those that want to try their hand at puppeteering.
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