‘Sesame Street’ to Help Create New National Children’s Museum Near Washington

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WASHINGTON (AP).- Elmo has no statue in Washington but he’s poised to strike his best museum pose: “Sesame Street” is teaming up to create exhibits that incorporate the popular TV characters into the future home of National Children’s Museum near the nation’s capital. The New York-based nonprofit group behind “Sesame Street” announced a partnership Thursday with the museum, which will give Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch their first permanent home as characters at the $182.6 million future museum scheduled for a 2013 opening in Washington’s Maryland suburbs. Plans call for an indoor river as part of an environmental exhibit, a children’s theater and a replica of the Oval Office at the White House. “You mean Elmo can pretend to be the commander in chief?” Elmo said delightedly as the red, furry character joined a news conference on Capitol