Elmo Puppet

Elmo Puppet

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Description (Brief)
Elmo is a furry red monster with an orange nose. He is three years old and generally refers to himself in the third person. Elmo talks in a falsetto voice and is enthusiastic and cheerful. He was originally designed in 1979 as a generic background monster and first appeared as Elmo on Sesame Street in 1980. He was performed by Kevin Clash until 2012 and is now performed by Ryan Dillon. This particular Elmo puppet was created around 1984.
Sesame Street has used puppetry and other arts to educate young children. Individual Americans, foundations, corporations, and federal, state, and local governments have supported the creation of public television, where Sesame Street began in 1969.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Clash, Kevin
Dillon, Ryan
Henson, Jim
Asch, Leslee
Wilcox, Caroly
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
synthetic fur (overall material)
foam (overall material)
overall: 14 in x 16 in x 11 in; 35.56 cm x 40.64 cm x 27.94 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of the Family of Jim Henson: Lisa Henson, Cheryl Henson, Brian Henson, John Henson and Heather Henson
Children's television programs
Television broadcasts
Sesame Street
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Jim Henson
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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He is so cute

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