Artisans worked to recreate the buildings and sets from Sesame Street, which stand alongside the original Hooper's Store and Fix-It Shop storefronts (courtesy of the Smithsonian). The life-size building fronts are accompanied by several new structures including a cobblestone bridge, playground, and several activity centers.
Over the years, the space was showing signs of age, missing original elements. The area underwent remodeling in 2019, including adding a timeline of the show's 50 years, Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck, and a "payphone" to call characters. It was relaunched with an event celebrating the show's 50th anniversary. It also added Sesame Street toys to its exhibit "America at Play", replacing Disney items.
The museum also prepared a smaller traveling exhibit. Known stops included:
- 2001: The Missouri History Museum
- 2003: San Jose, California
- 2004: Kansas City
- May 8 - September 19, 2004: Bay Area Discovery Museum (San Francisco, CA)
- "🎵La, la, la, la, Elmo’s World🎵 This area of The Strong’s Sesame Street exhibit was added in 2008 so guests could explore the home of the lovable red monster. #Sesame50", The Strong Museum, April 29, 2019.
- "It used to be an actual nest. Now its kind of a big bean bag.", Facebook comment, 2019.
- "Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street? 🚸 Take pictures on the 123 stoop, visit Elmo’s World, make food in Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck, and use the payphone to call your favorite character!", The Strong Museum, March 11, 2020.
- "Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration", The Strong Museum, posted before May 18, 2019.
- "View this new display of Sesame Street toys in America at Play on the museum’s second floor. #sesamestreet #jimhenson @ The Strong Museum", The Strong Museum, May 8, 2019.
- "Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck is coming to The Strong’s Sesame Street exhibit later this month! We can’t wait! Will you come play and learn?", The Strong Museum, May 6, 2019.
- "Planning to attend Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration this weekend? Be sure to check out what's new in the Sesame Street exhibit!", The Strong Museum, May 18, 2019.