Items include the vibranium suit Chadwick Boseman wore; an autographed full shooting script of the movie; two pages of an early script and 24 behind-the-scenes photos from the production process.
“‘Black Panther’ illustrates the progression of blacks in film, an industry that in the past has overlooked blacks, or regulated them to flat, one-dimensional and marginalized figures,” a statement from the Smithsonian said. “The film, like the museum, provides a fuller story of black culture and identity.”
The museum acquired the objects after a screening of “Black Panther” there in February.
“We are an institution that is committed to telling the story through the African American lens,” Rhea Combs, the museum’s curator of film and photography, told CNN. “What embodies the African American lens better than a film like ‘Black Panther’?”
“The film has a positive, affirming, and timely message for African American presence and representation,” Combs said. “It ticked a lot of the larger mission points with respect to the Museum and spoke to this dynamic and historic moment in African American history.”
The Smithsonian says plans for when and how the objects from “Black Panther” will be displayed are still under consideration.