WASHINGTON — Miss Piggy is finally joining her love, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution's collection of Jim Henson's Muppets, and Bert and Ernie will have a place in history, too.
Henson's family, including his daughter, Cheryl Henson, donated more than 20 puppets and props Tuesday to the National Museum of American History to accompany the earlier donations of Kermit, Oscar the Grouch and early Henson creations.
The newest donation includes an original version of Miss Piggy and some of her co-stars from The Muppet Show, including Fozzie Bear, Rowlf the piano-playing dog, Scooter and the Swedish Chef. Puppets from Sesame Street joining the museum collection include Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and Count Von Count, among others.
Many of the puppets are among the first constructions of the characters.
Smithsonian magazine welcomed Miss Piggy, dressed in a silver evening gown and holding a red rose, with a photo shoot. The museum allowed her to pose with Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and wearing the real 45-carat Hope Diamond from the National Museum of Natural History.
Curator Dwight Blocker Bowers said the puppets represent the creativity of "one of America's great innovators."
The gift was made on what would have been Henson's 77th birthday.