For years, audiences have flocked to museums to see exhibits of film props and iconic pop culture artifacts.
For example, Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz are a major draw at the Smithsonian's
That's the case with the 2012 political thriller Argo, which won four Oscar awards last year. The film tells the story of a covert operation led by
Argo is the subject of a recent exhibit at the
"Tony and Jenna [Tony's wife] Mendez, both founding members of the International Spy museum, they brought their expertise and history with the
Other film-related exhibits at the
"[It's] highlighting all of the 23 Bond films over the last 50 years and again bridging the gap between what is really occurring in real life and what you see on screen," said Werden.
"The Americans" is another exhibit built around a hit TV spy drama.
"We have an exhibit at our lobby detailing not just the exciting characters in the show, but really the history of the Cold War that we are now seeing everyday in the headlines," Werden said.
The Newseum, a
"Anchorman: The Exhibit," is its first effort to incorporate a movie into its offerings. The 2004 comedy takes place in a San Diego TV station in the 1970s, where actor
The exhibit opened last December just before the release of the sequel "Anchorman 2."
"When visitors come into the Newseum, all of them are asking, 'Where is the Anchorman Exhibit? I heard you have an exhibit about Ron Burgundy, show me where that is,'" he said.
"It is surprising that they went to so much detail and kept so many props," Mulvaney said. "I am enjoying it. It brings back a lot of funny moments from the film for me."
Thompson says the exhibit allows visitors see the lighter side of the news, while highlighting a serious issue: opportunities for women in news.
"The film focuses on this fictional anchorman who is kind of a clown of the newsroom, and is always kind of saying some not so nice things about the women in the newsroom," he said. "It is a story that resonated with us because there is some truth to the Anchorman films; women in the newsroom were discriminated against."
Playing off popular films in museums benefits both the museums and
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