Warner Bros. Donates Motion Picture History to the Smithsonian

11 Mar 2013 - By TW Staff

(Pictured above: Costume and film props donated by Warner Bros. to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.)

This past Friday Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer donated more than 30 iconic Warner Bros. movie props and costumes to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s permanent collection. The items were selected from 13 films produced from 1942 to 2005.

Objects selected for donation included Batman’s mask and cowl from the 1997 film Batman and Robin, props from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and stop-action puppets from Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (see photos below).

During the ceremony John Gray, the museum’s director, commented on the significance of the donation by noting, “Films are an integral part of this culture and of our daily lives, shaping how we perceive ourselves as Americans. The legacy of Warner Bros. is an important part of American history and these objects help us to tell that story.”

The ceremony also kicked off the museum’s 2013 Classic Film Festival series. The three-day festival began by highlighting Bette Davis in recognition of Women’s History Month. Films selected from Davis’ repertoire included the Warner Bros. classics Jezebel and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Learn more about Warner Bros. donation here.