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Image description: The National Museum of American History recently received a donation of more than 20 Jim Henson puppets and props from the Henson family.

The Museum’s conservation lab had to work on the puppets to get them ready for the donation ceremony. Some of the puppets are the originals and the materials used in their original creation were not meant to last for decades.

Learn more about conserving these beloved puppets. You can also view more photos from the lab.

Image description: Yesterday the National Museum of American History received a new donation of more than 20 Jim Henson puppets and props on the anniversary of his birthday from the Henson family.

Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show, Bert and Elmo from Sesame Street, and Red Fraggle and Traveling Matt from Fraggle Rock are among the new additions. They will join the museum’s current Jim Henson Collection, which includes Oscar the Grouch, Kermit the Frog and the cast of Sam and Friends.

Learn about the donation or view more photos.

Photos from the National Museum of American History.