Jim Henson’s Fantastic World

February 6 – May 3, 2009
Step inside the fantastic world of storyteller and visionary Jim Henson in an exhibition that celebrates the imagination and creative genius of the multitalented creator of Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, and other beloved characters.

Jim Henson (1936-1990)-artist, puppeteer, film director, and producer-created worlds filled with unique characters, objects, environments, and even languages and cultures. Jim Henson’s Fantastic World explores Henson’s “visual thinking” through more than 100 works of art, photographs, documents, puppets, movie props, and other 3-D objects, as well as original video productions, including excerpts from his early career and experimental films. Visitors get to peek inside “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock,” “The Muppet Show,” and other elaborate imaginary worlds created by Henson.

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World is organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in cooperation with the Henson Family; the Jim Henson Company; the Muppets Studio, LLC; and Sesame Workshop. The exhibition is made possible by The Biography Channel. Additional support has been provided by The Jane Henson Foundation and Cheryl Henson. The exhibition is presented locally by Dr. Phillips Charities.

Exhibition Grand Opening, Thursday, February 5, 2009
Following a cocktail reception, Heather Henson, local puppeteer and daughter of the late Jim Henson, helps the History Center celebrate the opening of Jim Henson’s Fantastic World with a special presentation. And don’t miss an opportunity to be among the first to see the exhibition! 6:30 p.m. $25, Members free. Reservations necessary. Call (407) 836-8580 to make reservations.

“Look Both Ways” with Jane Henson, Saturday, February 7, 2009
Jane Henson, wife of the late Jim Henson and co-founder of the Muppets, gives a behind-the-scenes look at creating a cultural phenomenon featuring seldom-seen video clips from the Jim Henson Archives, and she talks about the early days of meeting Henson at a Puppet class in college. Cocktail reception, 6:30 p.m. $15, Members free.

Family Funshops & Date Night presented
by Sonny’s Bar-B-Q

Shadow Puppets, February 7
“Sock Puppies,” March 7
Puppet Traditions, April 4
Popcorn Bucket Superheroes, May 2
Date Night: Jonathan West’s One-Man Puppet Show, April 17

The Orange County Regional History Center is located at 65 E. Central Blvd., downtown Orlando. Visitors receive two hours of free covered parking at the Orlando Public Library garage adjacent to the museum with paid admission (not valid for private events). General admission does not include special event admission unless otherwise noted.

Special Hours of Operation, February 6 – May 3, 2009
During Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, the Orange County Regional History Center will be open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Regular hours of operation Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.)

Special Pre-sale Exhibition Ticket Prices Available Prior to December 31, 2008

Tickets for Jim Henson’s Fantastic World purchased by December 31, 2008, will be sold at special pre-exhibition admission prices. $9 adults, $7 seniors (60+) and students with valid I.D.; $6 children ages 5-12.

General Admission Prices, January 23, 2009 – May 10, 2009
$12 adults; $9 seniors (60+) and students with valid I.D.; $7 children ages 5-12; and children 4 and under are free.

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