If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area and you’re a big fan of Channel 4 Evening News anchor Ron Burgundy, you’re about to be in for quite a treat (and we don’t mean a Scotchy nightcap). This morning, D.C.’s own Newseum cut the ribbon on its latest attraction: Anchorman: The Exhibit. In a partnership with Paramount Pictures, the Newseum will have an elaborate tribute to everyone’s favorite mustachioed newsman ready for public viewing (and participation). Costumes, props, footage, and even the entire Channel 4 Evening News desk will be on display until August 31, 2014. And if you’re wondering just how this whole thing came together, look no further than Ron Burgundy himself.
“Will Ferrell was at the Newseum in the summer of 2012,” Newseum’s Vice President of Exhibits Cathy Trost told Rolling Stone. “His creative team thought it was a great idea to collaborate with us for an Anchorman exhibit. We immediately got excited about the possibilities.”
So just what type of items will be laid out for all the young potential newscasters to gawk over? Everything from Ron Burgundy’s legendary burgundy polyester suit and mystical jazz flute to Brian Fantana’s Sex Panther cologne and Arturo Mendez’s whip. The most prized item, however, may just be Burgundy’s oft-used mustache brush.
“Ron Burgundy has a self regard,” Trost said, “and is never too far a makeup mirror or his mustache brush. We made sure to include some of his tools of the trade in the exhibit.”
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The exhibit’s main attraction is the opportunity for patrons to not only sit at the Channel 4 news desk, but also get a chance to actually step in front of the camera and do their own Anchorman-themed TV spot. At one of the Newseum’s “Be a TV Reporter” stations, Ron Burgundy himself will lead off things with an introduction before throwing his young protégé to the proverbial wolves.
A regularly-priced ticket to the Newseum gets your admittance to all of the Anchorman related goodies, but if you’re looking to really meet the man behind the mustache, you’ll need to find out for yourself how to get access to the exclusive, invitation-only event with Will Ferrell on December 3.
And if you’re looking to partake in some of Ron Burgundy’s favorite spirits, you may want to find a good bar in the area to visit after you’ve had your fill at the Newseum.
“No scotchy scotch scotch,” Trost said with a laugh. “But wouldn’t that be fun?”
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hits theaters December 20th.