50 Years and Counting

Period of time
7.5.23 – 7.1.24
Teaser text

For five decades, Germany's Sesamstraße has presented a diverse, inclusive and imaginative experience of togetherness, teaching children in an entertaining way and stimulating creativity. All this time, the puppets and people have been answering thousands of great questions for their young and young-at-heart audience. Now it's high time for our museum to ask its own questions, such as: Who invented the programme? How does Sesamstraße work? And how is it all actually created? This exhibition - organised into the areas of puppet-making, props, sets, costumes, storytelling, animation and music - looks at the independent design of the NDR production, which has always kept its creative finger on the pulse of the times. For the first time, the puppets and, above all, the creative minds and hands behind the scenes tell their own story: immerse yourself in the world of Sesamstraße!

With innovative interactive stations, the exhibition invites people of all ages to participate in activities that appeal to various senses. In addition to a music tent that encourages visitors to sing and dance along, young guests can get creative at a large painting station and can also design their own figure at a puppet-assembly station. Soundtracks made especially for the exhibition lend the puppets a voice and give the creative talents a chance to talk about their work. The supporting programme includes regular clay figure workshops for young guests and much more.

The exhibition is supported by the Exhibition Fund of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Hubertus Wald Foundation and is being produced in cooperation with NDR. With kind support from Annegret and Claus-G. Budelmann and Edgar E. Nordmann (†).

The Auswanderermuseum BallinStadt presented another exhibition on "50 Years of Sesame Street" from 17 February to 3 December 2023. You can find all the information at BallinStadt.







exhibition magazine

A whimsical magazine featuring sticker sheets and activity pages for Sesamstraße fans of all ages, with texts by Maya Götz, Viktoria Urmersbach, Helle Strandgaard Jensen as well as interviews with Samson actors Klaus Esch and Peter Röders and a number of Sesamstraße creative talents. The eleven artists’ prints created for the exhibition by artists including Arne Bellstorf, Sheree Domingo, Aisha Franz, Anna Haifisch, Sascha Hommer and Mirko Röper are also reproduced in the magazine; 96 pages, 5 EUR, available in the museum shop.

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