Breaking Bad may be over, but its hold on pop culture is still strong, and not just because the spinoff series, Better Call Saul, is doing so well. In 2018, props from the hit AMC series – which more than a few fans have dubbed the greatest TV show ever – will go on display as part of a new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, joining a collection that already includes Prince’s famous “Yellow Cloud” guitar, the Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz, and the Star Spangled Banner, as in the actual flag that inspired our national anthem.
On Tuesday, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and stars Bryan Cranston (Walter White), Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman), Dean Norris (Hank Schrader), RJ Mitte (Walter White Jr.) and Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut) visited the museum to drop off the props, which include everything from the iconic black Heisenberg hat to Walt and Jesse’s hazmat suits to a cup from Los Pollos Hermanos to Hank’s DEA badge. Oh yeah, and they also gave the museum two baggies of Heisenberg’s famous Baby Blue crystal meth. Yeah, it’s fake, but still…these guys brought drugs to America’s biggest museum, and the museum gladly accepted them.
“If you had told me there’d be crystal meth in the same museum as The Star-Spangled Banner, Thomas Edison’s light bulb, Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch and Dorothy’s ruby slippers, I’d have told you you were using too much of Walter White’s product,” Gilligan said.
So, a few years from now you can confidently stroll into the National Museum of American History with your kids, show them that beautiful Smurf-colored meth from your favorite TV show, and realize your family vacation just got a little weirder.