The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

Oct 1, 2022 — Jan 14, 2023

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited will provide West Michigan with a dynamic, immersive museum experience, through the exploration of Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture.

About the Exhibition

Organized by the Museum of the Moving Image, the exhibition reveals how Henson and his team of designers, writers, technicians, and performers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, the Muppet movies, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and much more. It also includes material from Henson’s experimental film projects and his early work, which highlights his relentless creativity as a performer, filmmaker, and technical innovator.

Imagination Unlimited features a wide range of over 170 historical objects related to Henson’s unparalleled career. On view will be iconic puppets, historic costumes, character sketches, storyboards, photographs, annotated scripts, film and television clips, and behind-the-scenes footage. Interactive gallery experiences will encourage visitors to try their hand at puppeteering on camera, and design an original puppet character on screen.

The exhibition will serve as a platform for inter­gen­er­a­tional learning, as Henson’s comprehensive body of work has impacted international, multi-generational audiences. GRAM will use the exhibition as a foundation for unique community partnerships, collaborations, and programming to engage and inspire people of all ages — from students and teachers to children, adults, and families.

As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood.” – Jim Henson

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited is organized by Museum of the Moving Image.

Presenting Sponsor

Media Sponsors

Exhibition Support

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by:

  • Wege Foundation
  • The Meijer Foundation
  • Wolverine Worldwide
  • The Jane Henson Foundation
  • Ken Betz and Pat Brewer
  • Jeff Gurney and Xuesi Li Gurney
  • James and Mary Nelson
  • Terry D. West and Richard L. Hagan
  • Williams Distributing
  • Applause Catering + Events
  • Burr & Company
  • Bill and Marilyn Crawford
  • Deidre Interiors
  • Larry and Mary Gerbens
  • Kurt and Madelon Hassberger
  • Haworth Helps
  • Bluma Herman
  • Dirk and June Hoffius
  • J. Visser Design
  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
  • Jane and John Meilner
  • Janet and Mark Nisbett
  • Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
  • Triangle Associates, Inc.
  • Friends of Jim: Wendy and Jim BooydeGraaff, Collette Volkema DeNooyer and Robert DeNooyer II, Stephanie Naito, Kathleen Stewart Ponitz, Andrea Williams and Robert Williams in memory of Douglas S. Williams

Additional funding provided by the GRAM Exhibition Society.