The Emmy award-winning programme's stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Jonathan Banks and R.J. Mitte came together in Washington, D.C. as props from the drama were added to the museum in recognition of the show's influence on American culture.

Cranston and Paul, who played drug kingpin Walter White and his business partner Jesse Pinkman, respectively, posed for photographs as they stood next to the iconic yellow Tyvek suits and gas masks worn by their characters as they 'cooked' in-demand blue methamphetamine.

Bags of the fake meth used on the show were also on display, as well as White's alter ego Heisenberg's famous black hat, an ID card belonging to the character's drug enforcement officer brother-in-law Hank, and a paper cup from fictional fast food restaurant Los Pollos Hermanos - the eatery used as a front for the show's New Mexico drug operation.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan was also on hand for the unveiling, and he admitted he never could have imagined props from his show would ever be featured in the museum.

"I honestly thought Breaking Bad would never really get made," Gilligan told reporters at the event. "If you had told me in 2005 that props from our show would eventually find their way into the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, this same hallowed institution which houses the Star-Spangled Banner, Edison’s first lightbulb, Dorothy’s ruby slippers (from the Wizard of Oz), Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch, I would have thought you were using too much meth."

In addition to memorabilia from Breaking Bad, which ended its five-season run in 2013, items from Mad Men, The Wonder Years, Seinfeld and All in the Family have also been featured at the prestigious museum. Curators are currently developing an exhibition exploring American culture which will feature all the TV artefacts, slated to open in 2018.