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Breaking Bad Smithsonian donation includes Heisenberg hat and blue meth

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Jeffrey Malet

Breaking Bad has already cemented its reputation as one of the greatest TV dramas of all time. So, does Walter White’s hat belong in a museum? You’re goddamn right it does.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History received key artifacts from AMC’s mesmerizing drug drama on Tuesday at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., that was attended by Bad stars Bryan Cranston, who starred as unlikely meth kingpin Walter White, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Jonathan Banks, and RJ Mitte, as well as creator Vince Gilligan and other producers.

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Sony Pictures Television donated more than 10 objects from the 2008–2013 critically acclaimed series that claimed 16 Emmys, including the Heisenberg pork pie hat, Tyvek suits, gas masks, Los Pollos Hermanos cups, a Heisenberg sketch from “No Mas,” Hank Schrader’s DEA I.D. badge, a Better Call Saul matchbook, a purple corkscrew used by Hank’s wife, Marie, and, yes, a bag of 99.1 percent pure blue meth. 

While you won’t see the Breaking Bad objects on display in the near future, the museum is planning a 2018 exhibition about American culture that will be culled from its theater, music, sports, and entertainment archives. 

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