Breaking Bad Memorabilia to be on Display at the Smithsonian Museum

The AMC drama Breaking Bad ended its TV run in 2013. Since then, it has been acclaimed as one of the best dramas of all time. The list of Emmy wins and nominations is outstanding: Sixteen Emmy wins and two Golden Globe awards to boot.

This critically acclaimed drama centered around the lives of chemistry teacher-turned drug dealer Walter White and his accomplice/ex-student Jesse Pinkman. Together, they sell crystal meth and build an empire in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  White is suffering from terminal cancer so he turned to a life of drug making and dealing to pay for his medical bills and to support his wife and two kids.
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Last week actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, who played White and Pinkman, donated their hazmat suits and gas masks that were worn in the show to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

(Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston. Photo from The Guardian)

Wait, is this the same museum that has Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, the flag that inspired the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the ruby shoes worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, and the trunk of President George Washington? Yes, it is that museum.

Along with the famous yellow meth-cooking suits, Cranston donated an essential piece from White’s alter ego, “Heisenberg;” the solid black top hat. They are also joined by 10 other important props that were used on the show. Some of these include:

  • Cups with the logo “Los Pollos Hermanoes” written on them (a big restaurant chain in the Breaking Bad universe).
  • A sample bag of the famous blue meth that White and Pinkman sell throughout the series
  • A sketch of White’s antihero alter-ego, “Heisenberg”
  • Hank Schrader’s DEA ID card that was seen throughout the show (Schrader is White’s brother-in-law in the series.)

*The Smithsonian twitter page announcing the beginning of the exhibit to their followers. They also announced that a fan favorite, which they hash tagged “#RoofPizza,” will not be featured in the exhibit. Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 3.03.49 PM

This news will make any hardcore Breaking Bad fan yell, “Yeah b*tch!” in their best Jesse Pinkman impersonation.


Photo from Entertainment Weekly. Pictured here is Bryan Cranston wearing the infamous “Heisenberg” black top hat that will be featured in the display.

The Smithsonian announced on Nov. 10 that these artifacts will join other famous pop culture memorabilia and be featured on display. Mad Men, The Wonder Years, Seinfeld, and All in the Family will join Breaking Bad props and be open to the public in 2018 in an American culture exhibit.