Puppets Galore at the Museum of the City of New York

Puppets were so much a part of my childhood. On TV, we watched Buffalo Bob Smith and his sidekick, Howdy Doody. (And, yes, I had several Howdy Doody puppets.) The talented ventriloquist Shari Lewis gave voice to her adorable sock puppet, Lamb Chop. When my children were small, Sesame Street, with the many Jim Henson creations, was a favorite to watch together. Then came the incredible puppets from the Broadway production of the Lion King. No surprise, then, that I had to rush to see the new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York that brings together a diverse collection of puppets – some cuddly, some not-so-much – that entertained and continue to entertain generations of children along with their parents. 

Here, some of the highlights from the exhibition.

Howdy Doody
Shari Lewis with Puppets on Her TV Show
Shari Lewis’ Lamb Chop (left) and Other Puppets
Oscar the Grouch
The Lion King
Robert Moses from The Radiant City by Theodora Skipitares
Queen Peuta, from “The Land of Gorch,” designed by Michael K. Frith and Built by Mari Kaestle
Herbert and Lulu the Hobo Bigs on the Nickelodeon series “Pinwheel,” designed, built and performed by Craig Martin and Olga Felgemacher (The Flexitoon Puppets)
Opening Panels to the Exhibition

Many events, including puppet shows for children, will be planned during the exhibition. Check the website for details.
Puppets of New York
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

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