More Details on Anchorman Exhibit Coming to the Newseum

From a press release:

“The Newseum has revealed the design of “Anchorman: The Exhibit,” which features props, costumes and footage from the 2004 hit comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” The exhibit, created in partnership with Paramount Pictures, will open on Nov. 14, just weeks before the film’s highly anticipated sequel “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” hits theaters on Dec. 20.

Entering the exhibit, visitors will be greeted by a giant display case featuring the iconic burgundy business suit worn by fictional newscaster Ron Burgundy, played by Will Ferrell. Towering more than eight feet tall, the revolving display will provide a fitting entry point for this one-of-a-kind exhibit. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will see other reminders of Ron’s reporting prowess and personal style, including his license plate, which reads “IM #1,” three local Emmy awards for excellence in news reporting, his mustache brush, jazz flute and other classic props used in the hit movie. Props from “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” will be added to the exhibit shortly before the sequel’s Dec. 20 release.

The exhibit also will feature costumes worn by members of the Channel 4 News team, along with field reporter Brian Fantana’s (played by Paul Rudd) Sex Panther cologne, a stuffed prop version of Ron’s dog Baxter in Channel 4 pajamas, weatherman Brick Tamland’s (played by Steve Carell) eyeglasses and more.

Nearby, Ron will provide intros to the Newseum’s popular Be a TV Reporter experience, and budding news anchors can have their photos taken behind a replica of the Channel 4 News desk.

The exhibit also will explore the reality behind the film’s humor. Local TV news promotional ads from the 1970s will be on display along with photos of popular news teams of the day. Before today’s 24/7 news cycle, local TV anchors ruled the airwaves, and the anchor chair was for men only. But dramatic changes hit local TV news in the 1970s when women stepped up to the anchor desk, and news teams took over.”

Anchorman Floor plan courtesy of the Newseum

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  • Soon museums will have nothing of actual intellectual note at all. Attendance will be up; IQs down. The American History Museum is already a thrift-shop kitsch fest and the Portrait Gallery is reduced to a guest bit on the Colbert Report and a coward in the face of right-wing fanaticism (Mr. Portrait, meet Mr. Corcoran…). Next up: Why Noah Left the Dinosaurs Behind and the Natural History Museum.

    I know, I know…”get off your high horse, grandpa.”

    But ain’t a-gonna. And get off of my lawn!

    • S’ok, grandpa. I agree with you. It was cute when it was the Ruby Slippers and Archie Bunker’s chair in the American History museum. But the deification of popular culture is really picking up steam.

  • I’m excited?

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