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AMC’s Emmy-winning and Guinness World Record-breaking series Breaking Bad is being preserved for history.
Showrunner Vince Gilligan and stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Jonathan Banks were on hand this past Tuesday at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the show’s place in television history. The show’s “Blue Sky,” gas masks, hazmat suits, and Heisenberg’s black hat were donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History by show producer Sony Pictures Television.
“If you had told me there’d be crystal meth in the same museum as The Star-Spangled Banner, Thomas Edison’s light bulb, Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch and Dorothy’s ruby slippers, I’d have told you you were using too much of Walter White’s product,” Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan said at the donation celebration on Tuesday. Gilligan, Cranston, Paul, and Banks were also joined by cast members Dean Norris and RJ Mitte.
Aside from the most well-known props on the show, Sony Pictures Television also donated Gustavo Frank’s fast-food restaurant, Hank Schrader’s DEA badge, Marie’s purple corkscrew, and a soda cup from Los Pollos Hermanos.
Unfortunately for fans of Breaking Bad, they will have to wait quite a while to see the noteworthy props in person. The items won’t be be on display until at least 2018.