The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta will be the definitive Jim Henson museum - with everything from original puppets to sketches from his personal collection. The Center will house between 500 and 700 Henson pieces in a wing named for him and set to open in 2012.
Kermit the Frog is already on display at the center, and a series of smaller exhibits from the larger collection will rotate through the center until the new space opens. In September, the center will get Rowlf, Swedish Chef and Dr. Teeth puppets as part of an exhibit focusing on the characters that Henson operated himself.
The center also will display characters from the popular television show Fraggle Rock and from cult classic movies The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.
Fundraising will begin soon for the new puppetry museum. The gift from the Henson family stipulates that the center must open a new facility with ample space for the historic collection before it gets the pieces.