Life Mirrors Art Mirrors Artifact


While visiting the National Museum of Natural History with National Geographic Weekend host Boyd Matson and producer Ben Shaw, I wandered across the Mall to the old Smithsonian Castle and took a look inside.


I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t this!


The pile of loot that fills the building’s lobby was created as a prop by production designer Claude ParĂ© for the film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. It served as a throne for demented King Kah Mun Rah, and features reproductions of such national treasures as Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, Fonzie’s leather jacket from 70s television sitcom Happy Days, and Archie Bunker’s chair from another vintage sitcom, All in the Family.

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Photographs by Ford Cochran