Adam Savage Tours the Jim Henson Exhibition!

  • Published on Nov 16, 2017
  • Adam Savage visits the Museum of the Moving Image, which recently opened a landmark exhibition showcasing the works of Jim Henson. From the Muppet Show to Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock to the Dark Crystal, we get up close with many of the puppets, props, and film artifacts from Henson's world-changing career.
    Thanks to the staff at the Museum of the Moving Image for guiding us through this exhibition.
    Shot by Joey Fameli and Gunther Kirsch
    Edited by Gunther Kirsch
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Comments • 776

  • GalactusPie
    GalactusPie 4 hours ago +1

    Holy shit it's Skekzok, not the chamberlain but the ritual master. I freaked the hell out, like proper fangirled the moment I saw those-close ups. Man the artistic work on them and the way they functioned, with all their "ticks" and facial expression packed into wicked ghoul-like creatures makes me giddy. I'd *die* to see one of the puppets in the flesh, even more so to see how they worked. Something just as cool was the Mystic's hands with the extra joints to elongate them, that's ingenious. I'm itching to build something similar for a creature costume. Thankyou for covering this exhibit, the information contained is a brilliant testament to Jim's ingenuity, and thus my inspiration ;^)

  • Kendra Riggs
    Kendra Riggs 10 hours ago

    Where is Mr Snuffleupagus

  • Scott Moore
    Scott Moore 3 days ago

    I’m almost 50 and I’ve LOVED the Muppets my whole life! The exhibit looks amazing. I want to see it in person!

  • Erik Hughes
    Erik Hughes 6 days ago

    Adam make a dark crystal costume so you can ware ar comacon

  • Lindeman08
    Lindeman08 7 days ago

    I keep coming back to this video and it's mainly because of the Big Bird part. Simply amazing what the performer had to deal with to make that character come alive.

  • sc0ttishlass
    sc0ttishlass 7 days ago

    Wonderful but a) too short and b) where the frell are Rygel and Pilot???? :)

  • ann Gillespie
    ann Gillespie 8 days ago

    If all the things on my bucket list, this is on the top of my list!

  • D. M.
    D. M. 9 days ago

    Gotta love the auto generated subtitles. Almost as inspiring and entertaining as the video was.

  • Topher Holland
    Topher Holland 9 days ago +1

    The Muppet Show is a great show.

  • Corey Carnes
    Corey Carnes 10 days ago

    If I could transplant one thing from Adam into everyone on Earth it would be this, Adam Savage has never met an ugly object. Never. I have never seen it happen yet.
    Sure, they set up shoots and he goes where there are interesting things, sure, but that's not where it stops and starts. Adam Savage is a man who seemingly loves just understanding things, appreciating the time it took for thing A to go to workshop B and become Widget C. He's a kid in a candy store... Actually, I take that back. Kids in candy stores are Adam Savages in a museum exhibit about something he somewhat, maybe, kinda, remotely understands. If it's something he truly loves, then it would be analogous to a kid not only on Christmas, but a kid that found out he gets to grow up and be Santa Claus. Adam Savage's enthusiasm for this world is a thing I envy in the best possible way. I live vicariously through his detailed understanding of these things. The knowing of how and why these, sometimes simple looking, things are so amazing and what is likely a grand desire to spread that love.
    Adam Savage is to "things" as The Doctor is to noble alien species. "You're proper gorgeous!" is something I could totally hear him saying to a bit of old clockwork from a time he knows about but never experienced. He is a living example of the idea that, "History and science aren't boring and if you think that they are you weren't taught about it correctly." I would be on the edge of my seat listening to him describe how he made a Maltese Falcon prop. A prop from a movie I've never watched, using a process I'll never utilize, and whose value is purely visual. (It doesn't have a useful function beyond being awesome to those who think it's awesome. Is what I mean by that.) I know that I would be enthralled by that because, well, I watched him talk about it for, I want to say, over 2 hours. I would watch it again right now.
    Adam's surname is well deserved. Since he has been known to attack things without remorse. He's responsible for hundreds, if not thousands of murders. The he might not always enjoy being put in the situation where he must kill, he always watches as they die with a smile on his lips. Gladly grasping the life out of things like stupidity and ignorance. Systemically tearing the life away without hesitation. Then openly and unapologetically bragging about their demise and how he went about "taking care of them". He can be certain that his victims will never stay gone for good but by being vigilant he knows that next time it will at least be a new target.
    Thanks Adam, for being Adam, Adam!

  • sonwahtube
    sonwahtube 10 days ago

    that laugh. 0:49

  • Jade Sturm
    Jade Sturm 15 days ago

    She really does a tremendous job. A guide that loves his job.

  • Tiger Lily
    Tiger Lily 17 days ago

    25:50 *All I see is the bulge of It's*


  • Rayyvyn
    Rayyvyn 19 days ago

    Watching Adam hf the time,it's like HE'S a puppet being animated by an 8 yr old boy *grin* esp when he does that "I'm giddy" pogo bounce in place he does in so many videos that you can tell it's a fun Adam trait& not an affectation.
    Must have been beyond fun getting the VIP tour here,seeing the history of his amazing body of creative whimsy ( until Jim passed & the revamped,depressing,just horrible version of " The Muppet Show " almost ruined my deep love of them forever by making beloved characters such as Kermit & Piggy be so cruel,hateful & vile to ea other and except for the balcony codgers(personal faves of mine, along with Animal & Snuffleupagus) who stayed their snarky,but FUN selves,the rest of the characters fared no better :(
    Things like this & "special guest" passes allowing you to skip the endless lines for all the various ComiCons,lol,you must often think to yourself that you have the best job in the world !!
    I got rerouted to your channel by accident ( even though a longtime fan)while researching different ways of puppetry movement innards to create an actual fire breathing dragon puppet I've been sketching,working out in dribs & drabs for yrs and then after watching your cpl vids on puppet creation,etc,have not only subscribed,but have been binge watching your channel all night !(which I've only done once before & that was watching all the different early iterations of tv Science guys)
    Thank you for not only the practical knowledge you've imparted over the years,but the smiles & laughter too :)

  • DamageIncM
    DamageIncM 24 days ago

    Adam Savage doesn't know the difference between left and right?... > 9:31

  • Joshua Kelly
    Joshua Kelly 24 days ago +1


  • Joshua Kelly
    Joshua Kelly 24 days ago +1

    Wait Big Bird had a TAIL!!!!!!!!

  • thecobra 08609
    thecobra 08609 24 days ago

    Be great to see more TMNT movie and the dinosaurs show in the show cast

  • Scott Teresi
    Scott Teresi 25 days ago

    Adam claims to be such a fan but doesn't know basic information about Henson/Muppet history. What a poser!

  • Sammy Lane
    Sammy Lane 25 days ago +1

    Seems appropriate that The Jim Henson exhibition be partially publicly funded as PBS was and still is and WETA was too publicly funded when his shows were on PBS . Makes sense to me , anyways .

  • Amanda F
    Amanda F 26 days ago

    I hope the exhibition tours!

  • brandon kelly
    brandon kelly 26 days ago

    What about construction site

  • GetPhiledIn
    GetPhiledIn 27 days ago

    No Ninja Turtles?

  • Hunter Alexander
    Hunter Alexander 27 days ago


  • Starmadien2019
    Starmadien2019 Month ago

    WHAT THEY'RE PUPPETS! noooooooooooooo lies all lies!

  • Larry Quisno
    Larry Quisno Month ago

    It’s potty mouth emo

  • Larry Quisno
    Larry Quisno Month ago

    See the displays of muppets tv @movies

  • Martín Lopéz
    Martín Lopéz Month ago

    Its very creepy :,(

  • Mark Wallace
    Mark Wallace Month ago

    I absolutely love the muppets

  • Susan Burris
    Susan Burris Month ago

    Several years ago I went to see Kevin Clash at a book festival when he was still voicing Elmo. Kevin was talking about his book so there was a session for children and one just for adults.
    During our session Kevin pulled old Elmo and 200 adults turned into kids. I asked Kevin a question and asked if I could give Elmo a kiss. I ran up and got a kiss from Elmo. I was like a school girl. My head knew this was a puppet on the end of someone's hand. But my heart knew I just kissed Elmo.

  • JoAnnA Foris
    JoAnnA Foris Month ago

    Question: Weren't You, Adam From: Mythbusters' ??

  • H.P. Oliver
    H.P. Oliver Month ago

    The word that keeps repeating in my mind is "incredible." Thank you, Adam.

  • st3phni
    st3phni Month ago

    If anyone living in the Los Angeles area is interested, this exhibit is currently open at the Skirball Cultural Center until Sept 2 :) I just went today and it was awesome!

  • Rovertino Tse
    Rovertino Tse Month ago +1

    It,s great to see all of Jim,s Hard Work rolled up in one. As well as all the Performers Characters. Amazing !

  • thedys70
    thedys70 Month ago

    I would kill all of you, to get my hands of that Rowlf puppet; sorry peeps...

  • 789Productions
    789Productions Month ago

    Where is this?

  • Willem Oosterhof
    Willem Oosterhof Month ago

    I remember the news footage of his funeral, a desperately heartbreaking experience of which are several clip on TVclip. Go and find them out. Even so much time since he passed away due to his own stubbornness and work ethics it still will make you cry. His death was so much more than losing a friend, it was a key moment in growing up. A time before and after him. Suddenly my youth was over...

  • Johnny TYRRELL
    Johnny TYRRELL Month ago

    I'm from Dublin Ireland and this is bringing back a lot of my childhood to me in the 80s looking at this

  • Kane Christ
    Kane Christ Month ago


  • 903eri
    903eri Month ago

    I didnt know sesame street and plasa sesamo (Mexican sesame street) did a crossover

  • roy fugate
    roy fugate Month ago

    they don't have the third in the fantasy movie trilogy,which consists of the dark crystal,labyrinth, and mirror mask.

  • ryan lemons
    ryan lemons Month ago

    My grandma had the idea of a kids program like this but it wasn't called sesame st, someone in newyork stolen this idea created sesame street

  • skilletman16
    skilletman16 Month ago +1

    I love how much this woman knows the history of Jim Henson. Remarkable.

  • Lady Wytch
    Lady Wytch Month ago +2

    I'm in tears! Between the memories, seeing how these wonderful characters were operated, Adam's excitement... I am bawling my eyes out!

  • SilverTiger
    SilverTiger Month ago

    i hope it will visit someday germany

  • EllaBean
    EllaBean Month ago

    Dance your cares away. Worries for another day. Let the music play, down at fragile rock!

  • Lars Stoerloes
    Lars Stoerloes Month ago

    I was a 90's kid, so I didn't really grow up with the original Muppet Show, and Sesame Street wasn't really a thing in Norway where I live. We DID have Fraggle Rock though. And it was a HUGE hit. I became teary eyed just seeing those puppets again after all these years.

  • EJ Nova
    EJ Nova Month ago +1

    Lady, they’re not “puppets” they’re “muppets”.

  • Ze Bunker
    Ze Bunker Month ago

    How many "security" cameras do they have there filming your children, your every move, making sure you don't take a photo. Hundreds? Thousands?


    massive attention issue from adam. hey adam, unfoold your arms, it doesnt look good.

  • AJMitchell
    AJMitchell Month ago

    Savage moment for everyone

  • UnheardStingray
    UnheardStingray Month ago

    what snuffy isnt alongside big bird? for shame henson exhibition. side noe now i need to go rewatch the presentaions for the creature shop competion

  • Rich Diltz Airbrush and Body Paint Art

    Stumbled onto this video. I sure miss Jim Henson's presence. It was fun watching Adam, I could relate to every gasp, every close up gaze, every loving and awed exclamation. What a wonderful privilege to get a personal tour of that exhibit!

  • R.A.W. Eternal
    R.A.W. Eternal Month ago

    Thank you Adam, I needed to see this

  • Smokey 420
    Smokey 420 Month ago

    Where's Labyrinth? Jim Henson worked on that movie too.

  • Brooke Smalls
    Brooke Smalls Month ago

    I feel like there are several Kermits and many other puppets so that they can be retired in good condition or when the puppeteer changes (so the puppeteer has better control of their puppet). These many many many puppets that are iconic to many many many people. And it's wonderful to think that they care so much for the puppets and the people who watch the shows, that they made many of them so that these puppets can keep going. Makes me very happy

  • Feral Cypher
    Feral Cypher Month ago

    He's so happy!!

  • Brian Twiss
    Brian Twiss Month ago +2

    I would not be able to walk through this place without tearing up...

  • Tracy Feldstein
    Tracy Feldstein Month ago

    I now have a crush on Adam Savage.

  • Froggy711
    Froggy711 Month ago +2

    I don't think I ever stopped mourning Jim Henson.

  • Marylou Farnsworth
    Marylou Farnsworth Month ago

    Thanks, Adam. Just added this to my "Must-See" list. What a neat exhibit. I grew up in Baltimore and remember "Sam and Friends." They were great fun.

  • Angus tenney
    Angus tenney Month ago

    man, fuck the dark crystal

  • Richard Darlington
    Richard Darlington 2 months ago

    28:50 My very first R/C system was a Kraft very similar to the one shown here.
    Circa 1979.
    P.S. This video is far too short!

  • Susan Kozey
    Susan Kozey 2 months ago

    Adam I would be as giddy. I can’t imagine standing next to Kermit, Big Bird and Miss PIGGY.

  • kermit.
    kermit. 2 months ago +1

    He made me

  • CoasterPro
    CoasterPro 2 months ago

    I got here from master of puppets \m/

  • Martin Strada
    Martin Strada 2 months ago

    This was very interesting to watch. Where’s this museum located?

    • muppetsstoogesfan1
      muppetsstoogesfan1 2 months ago

      It's in Queens New York. They film Sesame not to far from there.

  • Jorge RomanCortez
    Jorge RomanCortez 2 months ago

    Wait they play the puppet wow

  • Rob Adams
    Rob Adams 2 months ago

    It's Ernie and Bert, not Bert and Ernie. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

  • Rob Adams
    Rob Adams 2 months ago

    I heard an interview where Kermit was asked about Jim Henson, and Kermit said that Henson "had his hand in a lot of things."

  • Peter Pain
    Peter Pain 2 months ago

    "not to create a shrine ..." but why not? That guy and his team gave so much for me when i was little and to so many others. Jim Henson and his team are legends! That live on no less. Even with all that cgi stuff i feel those puppets are timeless. Thanks to Tested for sharing that.

  • Father Dewitt
    Father Dewitt 2 months ago +1

    Big hands 👀

  • Grace Shanahan
    Grace Shanahan 2 months ago

    I love this!! But did anyone feel like jarreth’s cod piece was staring at them lol

  • Löwenzahn FanClub
    Löwenzahn FanClub 2 months ago

    Danke für das schöne Video, ich würde zu gerne Mal dort sein.

  • quincywho
    quincywho 2 months ago

    This lady is awesome!

  • Mr.SmithGNR Smith
    Mr.SmithGNR Smith 2 months ago

    Follow That Bird is still an amazing film...even though I’m now 34...😔

  • Mr.SmithGNR Smith
    Mr.SmithGNR Smith 2 months ago +1

    Jim Henson was a genius..great man

  • Lyniquechunte
    Lyniquechunte 2 months ago


  • Zoe Isabella
    Zoe Isabella 2 months ago


  • Skyla Ahlden
    Skyla Ahlden 2 months ago

    Adam your fangirl is showing

  • Gordwhimlpattes
    Gordwhimlpattes 2 months ago

    They had to go into the Muppet section just as the creepy Mummenschanz clay masks sketch was on the monitor.

  • hardiehardley
    hardiehardley 2 months ago

    I wonder, is Audrey II stored there? She was made by the Henson company.

  • DoctorBlankenstein
    DoctorBlankenstein 2 months ago

    how many times can we say the word "fascinating"

  • Megan Libke
    Megan Libke 2 months ago

    Where is this loctaed

  • Tinderbox
    Tinderbox 2 months ago


  • 로이미나
    로이미나 2 months ago

    Next go to DARPA and ask if they've made a Freddy Fazbear.

  • 로이미나
    로이미나 2 months ago

    Jim Henson would be livid to know that his kids got his company into doing mostly CGI shit now :/

  • Flexington Steele
    Flexington Steele 2 months ago

    I wish creators would come out with more replica dark crystal props. Same with district 9. You dont see much of those. I'd love to buy a 1/2 scale skeksis replica.

  • Starfish
    Starfish 2 months ago

    He's like a kid in a candy store

  • Gnarls
    Gnarls 2 months ago


  • Kevin Kraus
    Kevin Kraus 2 months ago

    Adam looks like an awestruck kid in this video. :-)

  • Absquatula
    Absquatula 2 months ago

    So it wasn't Bowie's huge grapefruit sized groin casting a shadow in every scene, it was the costume!

  • Along The Wall
    Along The Wall 2 months ago

    Sad that there’s no tmnt 1990 props. Yet that would be scary to see.

  • Along The Wall
    Along The Wall 2 months ago

    What area in Queens?

  • SomeSeal
    SomeSeal 2 months ago

    I grew up watching Sesamstreet and only recently learned that they made puppets unique to different countries, where own versions of the show got produced. My favorite was always Samson, a giant bear-like creature that lived in a cave, loved eating sausage and always had a snuggle blanket with him. He was the same type of puppet like Big Bird.

  • Ezra Chapple
    Ezra Chapple 3 months ago

    Oh my gosh, can you not say rowlf ? It’s not Ralph it’s Rowlf!!!!!! Freaking Rowlf!!!!!!!! Not RALPH!!!!

    • Ezra Chapple
      Ezra Chapple 2 months ago

      muppetsstoogesfan1 you have a good point, but then again, they are not fozzie Lol

    • muppetsstoogesfan1
      muppetsstoogesfan1 2 months ago

      Fozzie calls Rowlf Ralph.

  • 63142
    63142 3 months ago

    I must be an evil human because I hated sesame street and Muppet's all together. The only thing he did I actually liked was the dark crystal and Labyrinth.

  • fragwits
    fragwits 3 months ago

    what were those last 2 mechanical exhibits? i think i recognise the one on the left , was it used in ninja turtles for mouth movement?
    What i loved about this piece , even though most of the puppets were simple made , the clothing they had was way more thought out.

  • Attention Deficit Squirrel

    When i was a child I always saw in movies and TV shows how people would pick up the phone and ask the operator to connect them with someone. So, one day I picked up the phone and asked the operator to connect me with Jim Henson. I wanted to work for him. She said in the sweetest most gentle voice, “I can’t connect you with anyone sweetheart.”

  • Aneesh's Retro-vision
    Aneesh's Retro-vision 3 months ago