"Puppetry in America" at National Museum of American History Monday, Jan. 6

These days, elected officials aren’t the only puppets in town. For its latest exhibit, “Puppetry in America,” the National Museum of American History has gathered a variety of puppets spanning 160 years, chronicling their transformation from quaint kids’ entertainment to major movie stars. Along with the older relics, like an 1850 shadow puppet and a Punch and Judy pair, visitors can see creepier varieties (Edgar Bergen’s “Charlie McCarthy” ventriloquist dummy) as well as recent cinematic puppetry feats from Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. And yes, America’s favorite fleecy amphibian will also make an appearance: Kermit the Frog is on display with other Jim Henson creations, including some of the original puppets featured on WRC’s Sam and Friends in 1955. There’s a puppet for everyone here—except for pupaphobes, who would be wise to sit this one out. The exhibit is on view daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to March 28 at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 633-1000. americanhistory.si.edu.

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