Don Draper is headed for the Smithsonian. The gray suit and fedora worn by Jon Hamm in the landmark series “Mad Men” will join the permanent collection at the Washington, D.C., museum in a ceremony on March 27.
The ceremony is one of several exhibitions, panels and screenings planned at cultural institutions in New York, Los Angeles and Washington in the runup to the show’s final seven episodes, which begin April 5.
The Smithsonian, the home to Archie Bunker’s armchair from “All in the Family,” will also receive other key memorabilia from the show, including Don’s bar cart and the original script for the memorable Season 1 finale, “The Wheel,” complete with an ending that was never filmed.
“We are proud and a little overwhelmed by the interest and enthusiasm from these prestigious cultural organizations, and grateful for the opportunity it’s created for us to give back to our amazing fans who have been there from the beginning,” said “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner in a press release.
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Several events are also planned for “Mad Men’s” fictional home of New York City. An exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, March 14-June 14 will feature “Mad Men” costumes, sets and props.
In Manhattan, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will host a conversation with Weiner and cast members Hamm, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser on March 21. Meanwhile, the New York Public Library will plug its “Mad Men Reading List,” a collection of 25 titles read by characters.