At long last we now know when the Center for Puppetry Arts' new expansion - including their Jim Henson Collection - will open!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the one above must be worth at least three times that as Saturday. November 14th is announced as the date for the grand opening.
From their official announcement:
After many years of fundraising, design, and construction, the Center for Puppetry Arts invites you to celebrate the completion of its “Believe in Make Believe” campaign and the official opening of its new museum on Saturday, November 14!
The Worlds of Puppetry permanent exhibit will house the Global Collection gallery and the Jim Henson Collection gallery, the world’s most comprehensive collection of the work of Jim Henson.
Patrons will enjoy the newly expanded 7,500 square foot museum space, as well as a renovated entryway, expanded museum store, new research library, and other exciting updates to the Center.
“Great museums are characterized by their ability to continually educate, inspire, and evolve,” said Vincent Anthony, Center for Puppetry Arts founding Executive Director. “Our team has been preparing for this day for many years, and we are thankful for the generous contributions from the Jim Henson family, our benevolent donors, generous Members, and the support of our community. This is a true turning point for the Center for Puppetry Arts – and we welcome visitors to come discover the magic and wonder that lie behind these doors.”
Grand opening festivities will include well-known walk-around Henson characters, photo opportunities, and other engaging activities that will make the day a festival-like celebration.
Members and donors can be among the first to experience the new museum in a week-long series of preview events before the grand opening! More details on these preview events will be shared at a later date. Click here to become a Member and receive access to these preview events plus other great benefits all year long.
If you didn't win any of the items Steve Whitmire donated, and would still like to contribute
to the Center's expansion, they will announce details in August for the general public to support the “Believe in Make Believe” campaign. To date they have raised more than $14 million!
Who's ready for a trip to the Peach state?