Jim Henson’s Muppets Invade The Henry Ford and We Are Losing Our Minds
What a fun day at the Henry Ford. I got to go back in time to my childhood and see some of my favorite Muppets.
The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, is at the Henry Ford Museum, now through Labor Day weekend. I went to Dearborn Monday and saw the exhibition first hand, I felt like a little kid again.
Kermit the Frog is the first Muppet you see when you walk through the exhibition, definitely a crowd favorite. While touring the exhibit you learn how Jim Henson's Muppets came to be. The first Kermit the Frog, for example, was made by Henson back in 1955 and over time Kermit evolved into the Muppet we know and love now.
The Muppet exhibition, at Henry Ford, also shows old storyboards used for movies and television. You can also see old black and white footage from the muppet's early TV appearances and then clips from their appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I am pretty sure that Miss Piggy was a Carson favorite.
As I continued with the exhibition it became very clear to me. More parents were freaking out seeing Bert and Ernie than their kids were. I have to admit that I did get a bit excited, some might say a lot excited when I saw Grover and Beaker. Two of my favorites.
I have a daughter who is obsessed with the Jim Henson movie Labyrinth, which is the movie that starred, David Bowie. The costumes from that movie are on display. I always assumed that David Bowie was a tall guy, but apparently not by the look of his costume from the movie.
The Henry Ford has much more for you to see, like Presidential limos. The car President Kennedy was shot in is on display as is the limo that President Reagan was using the day he was shot.
The bus Rosa Parks was riding in when she refused to give up her seat to a white man is there, antique farm equipment, amazing dollhouses, and so much more. Even the Oscar Mayer Weiner mobile and some of the most beautiful classic cars are on display.
The Marvel Universe of Super-Heroes was at the Henry Ford last year, I thought that one would be hard to beat, but the Muppets did.