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Muppets, Muppets, Everywhere… Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at MoMI

August 14th, 2011 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

Okay, so this weekend was pretty epic, folks.

Why? Because it was filled with Muppets!

As if we needed another reason to love Astoria, Jessica and I accompanied a few friends (Miss Katieisms & Ronan the Barbarian) to the Museum of the Moving Image last weekend for the “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” exhibit and a screening of “The Dark Crystal.”

Not only was the exhibit was just as amazing as we hoped, the real surprise (for us, at least) was how great the rest of the museum was, too. If you haven’t checked out MoMI, definitely do so — it’s one of the best little museums I’ve visited. Heck, we want to go back already.

You can click on the photo below to check out a gallery of pics I snapped around the museum, which was jam-packed with some really great movie props, vintage cameras and televisions, video games (!), and all sorts of interactive exhibits. Among the highlights (for me): Chewbacca’s head, a scary-big Freddy Krueger sweater, free-to-play video games, creepy hand puppets, and a questionably conceived C-3PO tape dispenser.

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As for the Jim Henson exhibit, I took a bunch of photos of the muppets on display, Henson’s early sketches, and other elements of the collection, but I can’t stress enough that this is just a fraction of what’s to see there. My shaky photos definitely don’t do the collection justice, so you should definitely make a trip to Astoria between now and January 2012, when the exhibit ends its run at MoMI.

Click on the photo below to check out a gallery of images from the “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image:

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If you want to see all of the magnificent muppetry for yourself, you can get info about the exhibit (and the museum itself) at MoMI’s official website: www.movingimage.us. If you want to do what we did, and pair your visit with a movie screening, there’s also a great list of what’s playing and when you can see it.

Oh, and if you do end up visiting Astoria, welcome to the neighborhood!

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