Jim Henson, who grew up along the swamplands of Leland, Mississippi, is well known for his most famous Muppet creation, Kermit the Frog. The town pays homage to both at the Birthplace of Kermit the Frog museum, located inside of Leland’s Chamber of Commerce building.
As legend has it, Henson spent his childhood playing along the Delta and befriended Kermit Scott, who is rumored to be the person Kermit the Frog is based on. While interning at a TV station, Henson worked on developing the character and used one of his mother’s coats to create the original prototype.
Installed across two rooms, the small museum houses many artifacts and memorabilia from Henson’s early creative years and an impressive collection that is a must-see for any Muppet fan.
For more information about the museum, visit lelandchamber.com.