GALLERY: Kermit the Frog is back on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Prototype for Kermit the Frog (1969) by Jim Henson

AmericaJR’s Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo recently visited the Detroit Institute of Arts in midtown Detroit. A Kermit the Frog puppet created by Jim Henson in 1969 and donated by him to the DIA in 1971 is back on display. Kermit first appeared in 1955, in the premiere of WRC-TV’s Sam and Friends as a prototype Kermit, created from a discarded coat belonging to Henson’s mother and two ping pong ball halves for eyes. The DIA’s original 1947 Howdy Doody puppet, last on view in 2015, is also be on view.

To see Kermit the Frog, Howdy Doody and more, visit the Puppet cases on the 1st floor of the Detroit Institute of Arts. 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202. More info at: