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Sesame Street 50 Years and Counting Exhibition

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Fans of Sesame Street are in for a treat at Melbourne Central shopping centre, thanks to a world-exclusive art exhibition having opened in honour of the scruffy muppets. Celebrating 50 years since they first graced our screens, visitors can delight in this colourful extravaganza of the entire crew of characters.

Sesame Street 50 Years and Counting Art Exhibition, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre
Sesame Street - 50 Years of entertaining and teaching children

Peek behind the Shot Tower for this display featuring 50 artists, both local and international, that have each been matched with a character to shape the interactive experience. Curated by Eddie Zammit, artists such as Jeremy Fish, Mighty Short, Kate Pulle, Kentaro Yoshida and DXTR The Weird are putting their spin on the iconic personas that were staples of many a childhood.

Relive your youth through this beloved children's show that taught us our ABC's and the timeless lesson that everyone, no matter who you are or where you are from, is equally deserving of respect, opportunity and joy.

The muppets were purposely made in different colours, different shapes and different sizes to get across to kids that they could be friends with people who weren't like them. Check out the motley crew below and your memory to see how many you can name. Scroll down to the bottom for the answers, should you need them.

Sesame Street characters
Can you remember the names of this motley crew?

Venture through the visual feast of bespoke prints, insane murals and original photographs from the Sesame Street archives that represent the diversity of the vibrant characters. Be sure to swing by Hooper's Store to grab some sweet merchandise from Radio Velvet and T-World to commemorate your trip down memory lane.

Sesame Street continues to evolve with the times and culture of the present. The 50th television season focuses on the power of possibilities, empowering kids to take safe risks and learn from their mistakes. It's on a mission to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder.

Music has always been a big hit with the young ones and that aspect will continue. Every episode of the past has had one or two songs in it with a star-studded list of names that have performed on the program, from Stevie Wonder to Queen Latifah and Elvis Costello. You never know who will pop up next.

The street where everyone is at home will surely continue to brighten our little ones' lives as it entertains and makes learning fun in the process with its community of monsters, birds, grouches and humans.

Sesame Street's Oscar the Grouch
Oscar the Grouch loves his trash and was originally orange in the first season before changing to a permanent green (explained by a visit to Swamp Mushy Muddy)

Entry to this exhibition is free, so bring your friends along and snack on some choc chip cookies. It's open 7 days from 10am, whilst the merchandise shop is open Weds-Fri (10.30am-4.30pm) and weekends (10am-5pm).

Answers to the motley crew of Picture 2 are: Top (left to right) – Rosita, Ernie & Bert, Snuffy; Bottom (left to right) – Grover, Big Bird & cousin Abelardo, Abby Cadabby.
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Why? For the love of muppets
When: From 10am daily
Phone: 03 9922 1100
Where: Melbourne Central S/C, Cnr LaTrobe & Swanston Sts, Melbourne
Cost: Free entry
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