Newseum ‘stays classy’ with new Anchorman exhibit
Earlier this week, the District’s Newseum announced that it will debut an exhibition featuring Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, the Paramount hit comedy about a 1970’s news team starring Will Ferrel as “anchorman.”
The exhibit, which opens on Nov. 14th of this year, arrives just in time for the release of the long-awaited sequel to Anchorman, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which debuts in movie theaters on Dec. 20.
The display will include film memorabilia such as costumes and props used by the Channel 4 Evening News, as seen in the original movie. This includes Burgundy’s jazz flute and the whip used by rival anchorman Arturo Mendes (Ben Stiller) during the movie’s memorable fight scene.
Even more exciting is an interactive element of the display. Visitors will have the opportunity to pose for photos in a re-creation of the KVWN-TV anchor desk, and will even have the opportunity to step in front of the camera and participate in a Anchorman-themed TV spot at one of the Newseum’s “Be a TV Reporter” stations. According to an article by the Newseum, “budding reporters can find out if they have what it takes to become a member of the Channel 4 news teams.”
While patrons might doubt that a museum dedicated to the history of news is the right place for a character like Ron Burgundy, the Newseum has clear intentions for the Anchorman exhibit.
In regards to its goals, the Newseum strives to archive the history of the news and “champion the rights of the First Amendment through education and entertainment,” just as Burgundy would.
“For millions of viewers, the news anchor represents the authority and credibility of television news. But anchormen and women also are popular targets for pop culture laughs,” said the Newseum’s vice president of exhibits, Cathy Trost.
Through these pop culture laughs, visitors are able to learn about the reality behind the humor of Anchorman and further understand the rise of personality-driven news formats in the 1970s, providing both an entertaining and educational experience for Newseum visitors.
For a preview of the personalities and jokes in the next movie, watch the trailer to Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues below.