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The Muppets get makeovers for Smithsonian debut

Jim Henson’s Muppets have long been a “Sesame Street” staple, but several of the iconic felt friends needed major makeovers for their museum debut. On March 23, People posted video of the puppets’ much-needed prep work for their stint at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 11: Miss Piggy arrives for the premiere of Disney's 'Muppets Most Wanted' at the El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The 20 Muppets, donated to the museum last year by Henson’s family, needed some work after being stored in storage for a few decades, according to museum curator Dwight Blocker Bowers. Worn material was replaced and disintegrated fillers were removed.

"Because they had been stored in a warehouse, and dust and age had taken its toll,” Blocker Bowers said in the video. "They were not created to last forever. That they have lasted is rather remarkable."

Museum veteran Kermit (the famous frog has been on display since 1994) is joined by new characters Bert, Ernie, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and the Count for as part of the museum’s Puppetry in America display, which runs through April 13.

But one Muppet diva will become part of the museum’s permanent “American Stories” exhibition, alongside a fragment of Plymouth Rock, a signed baseball from the 1937 All-Star game, and her beloved Kermie. According to Smithsonian magazine, Miss Piggy will join Kermit in the permanent “American Stories” display starting this month.

The pristine pig got the royal treatment with a photo shoot that included other permanent pop culture items such as Dorothy's “Wizard of Oz” ruby slippers and the Hope Diamond.

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