Why ‘Anchorman’ Ron Burgundy is getting his own Newseum exhibit

Newseum will open "Anchorman: The Exhibit" in November.

This fall, Newseum will stay classy.

The Washington, D.C., museum announced Tuesday that it will debut an exhibition dedicated to “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” the comedy about a 1970s news team starring Will Ferrell.

“Anchorman: The Exhibit” opens Nov. 14, ahead of the Dec. 20 debut of the film’s sequel, “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”

The museum will display costumes and props from the 2004 movie, including Burgundy’s jazz flute and the whip used by rival anchorman Arturo Mendes (Ben Stiller) during a fight scene. Patrons can also star in “Anchorman”-themed TV spots.


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A museum spokesman said the partnership with Paramount Pictures was prompted by Ron Burgundy himself.

“Will Ferrell was at the Newseum last summer for a movie screening, and his creative team thought there might be a great way to collaborate with us on an exhibit about the movie,” Jonathan Thompson said in an email.

Patrons might question if a museum dedicated to news history is the right place for Ron Burgundy.

Cathy Trost, Newseum’s vice president of exhibits and programs, said in a statement that “the exhibit explores the reality behind the humor of ‘Anchorman,’ and tracks the rise of personality-driven news formats in the 1970s.”

For a preview of the personalities in the next “Anchorman,” watch the trailer below.


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