Puppets, TV

For the First Time, You Can Visit the Actual Sets from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

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Heinz History Center

Don’t pretend you’re too old to enjoy this.

It may be a bit of a hike for many of us, bit if you happen to be anywhere near Pittsburgh, the John Heinz History Center is currently playing host to Mr. Rogers’ living room and the entire Neighborhood of Make-Believe. My head wants to make some kind of off-color joke, but my heart is unable.

Featuring select artifacts from the popular children’s show, the new display marks the first time these items are on long-term view. Highlights from the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” installation include:

-The entryway and living room set that Mister Rogers walked through to begin each show;
-King Friday XIII’s Castle;
-Great Oak Tree, the residence of Henrietta Pussycat and X The Owl;
-Picture Picture, the display that helped Mister Rogers teach children using interactive media;
-McFeely’s “Speedy Delivery” tricycle; and
-A variety of additional items from the “Neighborhood of Make-Believe,” including King Friday XIII’s telephone, Henrietta Pussycat’s outfit, Chef Brockett’s hat, Harriett Elizabeth Cow’s desk, and the bench that Mister Rogers sat on during each show.

That all sounds awesome…

Also on view is a life-like figure of Mister Rogers, wearing his iconic sweater, necktie, khakis, and sneakers.

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Heinz History Center

Ooof. I’d really rather they’d left that out.

h/t Bill Jensen

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