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The Kickstarter campaign raised $40,000 in less than 24 hours.

April 12, 2017

The Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a permanent exhibit on Muppets creator Jim Henson at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMi) in New York City has surpassed its goal of $40,000 after less than 24 hours.

The collection is slated to open later this year at the Queens-based museum. MoMi partnered with Henson’s Creature Shop, a visual effects company founded by the creator himself in 1979.

“We are honored to be working with the designers and builders at the legendary Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to restore and preserve the puppets for future generations. And we are excited to be partnering with Kickstarter on reaching our goal,” MoMi executive director Carl Goodman said in a statement shared with Travel + Leisure.

The exhibition would include over 175 puppets, including 40 of Henson's original creations, with characters from television shows and movies such as "The Muppet Show," "Sesame Street," "Fraggle Rock," "The Dark Crystal," and "Labyrinth." The museum's offerings would also include character sketches and prototypes, according to the Kickstarter page.

Henson's family donated many of the puppets to the museum, and the money raised will go to restoring the items and creating cases to show them in. Gifts higher than $10 come with incentives such as tickets to the exhibition, chocolate, and t-shirts. Other incentives include private guided tours of the museum or the chance to sponsor the renovation of a particular puppet.

If all goes according to plan, the collection will be on display in 2017, and a traveling exhibit will kick off in Seattle starting in May.

"While Jim Henson may be best known as the inventor of the Muppets and so many other memorable characters, our exhibition takes a more holistic view of his contributions as a producer, director, innovator, and creative leader who worked with an impressive team of collaborators," Goodman said.

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