Installing Kermit the Frog Puppet at LA Convention Center, by Talman, Hugh, 1996, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, "Kermit the Frog" is placed in his display case as part of the "America's Smithsonian" exhibition at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Convention Center was the first stop of the "America's Smithsonian" exhibition national tour celebrating the Smithsonian's 150th anniversary. The exhibition opened in Los Angeles on February 9, 1996..