Stories from the Collection
The Silent Film Era
The Museum's silent film era holdings include over 5,000 artifacts dating from 1894 to 1931. The holdings represent every facet of silent filmmaking and filmgoing, and offer an unparalleled opportunity for users to study and experience how these films were made, marketed, and exhibited.
The Bunin Puppets
In 2001, the Museum acquired over 2,000 artifacts related to the work of puppeteers Hope and Morey Bunin. The Bunins created a cast of puppet characters that were featured on television as early as 1944. The show was lauded by critics and popular among children and adults alike, making the Bunin puppet characters among television’s first big stars.