Paramount Pictures worked with Newseum curators to pair items in the exhibition with real stories about the news industry and the struggle many women had gaining equality.
“In any parody, there’s a kernel of truth, right,” said Cathy Trost, the Newseum’s vice president of exhibits. “There really was a time in news history when men owned the anchor chair and women were a novelty in the newsroom. The movie gets that right, though in a very over-the-top way, and we wanted to show the reality behind the humor.”
The exhibit has opened just in time for the release of the sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues which is in theaters now.
The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Adult admission is $21.95.