Experience the Muppets and More at the Museum of the Moving Image



From left, Cantus the Minstrel and Gobo, characters on Jim Henson’s award-winning television series “Fraggle Rock.”

The Jim Henson Company, via Museum of the Moving Image

If you’re interested in total immersion in the genius of Jim Henson (1936-90) — the creator of the Muppets — along with his gifted cohorts and a sense of how their miraculous art evolved, a new option is at hand: “The Jim Henson Exhibition,” which opens Saturday, July 22, in its own newly built gallery at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens.

There you’ll find some 300 artifacts, objects and ephemera, including sketches, scripts, photographs and costumes, as well as 47 puppets and examples of Henson’s little-known forays into experimental film. The display, an initial selection from a large donation to the museum from Henson’s family, is accompanied by some 30 monitors and projections and includes an interactive opportunity to try puppeteering (onscreen).

The museum seems to understand that Henson fans are numerous; tickets will be timed. (718-777-6800, movingimage.us.)

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