The Muppets took the Smithsonian today, with Miss Piggy joining her true-green love Kermit the Frog at long last in the National Museum of American History in Washington.
The museum announced a new donation of more than 20 puppets and props on the anniversary of the late Jim Henson's birthday, Sept. 24, 1936, from Henson's daughter, Cheryl Henson, at a press conference today featuring the beloved characters.
Besides Miss Piggy, the donation includes some of her co-stars from The Muppet Show, such as Fozzie Bear, Scooter and the Swedish Chef; Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover and Count Von Count; and Boober Fraggle and Travelling Matt from Fraggle Rock.
They will join the museum's current Jim Henson Collection, which includes Oscar the Grouch, Kermit and the cast of Sam and Friends.
"No American artist has appealed to and affected as many people in different age groups and cultures the way Jim Henson has," said museum director John Gray. "The off-beat humor, zany characters and educational messages created the perfect combination of comedy and storytelling for classic shows that continue to entertain and teach audiences worldwide."
Many of the puppets are the first versions of the characters — Kermit before he was a frog, for instance. The museum plans to put Miss Piggy on display in March 2014 in the museum's American Stories exhibit.
The original Kermit and Cookie Monster puppets from the Jim Henson Collection will go on view in November with marionettes, hand puppets and ventriloquist figures in a display that will explore the role these iconic characters have played in American culture and popular entertainment.
A new biography of Henson, who died in 1990 -- Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones -- is out today.