The last episode of the fifth and final season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” aired on Oct. 26, but the series will maintain a presence at the Atlantic City Historical Museum.
The Atlantic City Historical Museum, which is presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, recently received donations of Boardwalk Empire props and related items – and many of those are showcased for the public to view. (See TV40's coverage)
Some of the Boardwalk Empire items on display include: an Atlantic City Beach Patrol costume swimsuit, bottles, promotional posters, newspapers, a wooden barrel and research binder about Enoch “Nucky” Johnson – the inspiration behind the lead character Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi.
The displayed items were donated to the museum by Boardwalk Empire’s producers and their research advisor, Edward McGinty, who also played the character Ward Boss Boyd on the show.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library’s Reference Department has worked with McGinty and the show over the years, answering questions, along with providing detailed information about the city and photos from the library’s Atlantic City Heritage Collections.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Bootleg Productions and HBO over these past five seasons as historical consultants for the show,” Atlantic City Library and Historical Museum archivist Heather Perez said. “We appreciate their donation of the props and costume piece, as well as their research materials and memorabilia. We are happy to have them on exhibit at the Atlantic City Historical Museum. Interest in Atlantic City’s rich heritage has never been higher, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to draw fans of the TV series and to show them the amazing things that have happened here in the city.”
The Atlantic City Historical Museum, operated by the Atlantic City Free Public Library since August 2012, showcases the culturally diverse, exciting history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline. Visitors can enjoy exhibits of Garden Pier, Miss America, Mr. Peanut, sand sculptures, casinos and the Summer of 1964 – along with vintage photographs and local artifacts.
The museum is open seven days a week, including most holidays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Please call (609) 347-5839 for more information.