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Visiting the Newseum
Learn about the powers of journalism and free expression inside this interactive museum
What and where is the Newseum?
The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, situated between the U.S. Capitol and the White House. The seven-level museum opened in 2008 with the intention of promoting, explaining and defending the five freedoms of the First Amendment: speech, press, assembly, petition and religion. The Newseum features numerous interactive elements that make it one of the most cutting-edge museums in the world.
The museum is open every day of the year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Thanksgiving, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Admission is $24.95 for adults ages 19 to 64, $19.95 for seniors (age 65 and older) and $14.95 for youth ages 7 to 18, while children 6 and under enter for free (totals do not include tax). Discounts are available for military, college students and AAA members at the admissions desk when the proper ID is shown.
The easiest way to get there is via Metrorail or Metrobus. The closest Metro stop is Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter station on the Green and Yellow Lines. The 230 and 250 Metrobus routes will both take you right in front of Newseum.
The facility is handicap-accessible and parking is available inside the building. The garage is open from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m., Monday – Saturday and 9 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sunday. Rates are $10 for the first hour, $20 for over one hour, up to a full day. Parking is $15 all day on weekends. The entrance to the garage is on C Street.
What’s inside the Newseum?
Throughout its expanse, which includes 15 galleries and 15 theaters, the Newseum provides interactive experiences and exhibits that deal with some of the most vital incidents in history, using the incredible work of the free press as its guide. The evolution of communication can also be tracked through the Newseum, from the invention of radio to the technologies of today and the future. The Front Pages Gallery greets you as you enter the museum, displaying front pages from around the world daily.
The Newseum regularly features new and innovative exhibits. Before you go, make sure to check its current exhibits page to see what’s being showcased at the time. Of course, there are numerous permanent installations that will always make your experience immersive and educational.
The 9/11 Gallery sponsored by Comcast provides an intense examination of the events of Sept. 11, 2001 that features unforgettable first-person accounts from journalists that covered the attacks.
History buffs will savor the Berlin Wall Gallery, which includes eight 12-foot high concrete sections of the original wall, making the exhibit the largest display of unchanged portions of the wall outside of Germany. The display also delves into how news and information helped knock the Wall down.
If you are enamored by photography, the Newseum’s Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery showcases photos from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry since 1942, when the award was first given.
Those looking to try their hand at broadcasting (especially younger visitors) can step into the NBC News Interactive Newsroom. Touch screens give visitors the resources to create a front-page story, while the Be a TV Reporter station lets the next generation’s newscasters share breaking news in front of a video backdrop.
Head to the sixth floor for a panoramic view of Pennsylvania Avenue that’s rivaled by few locations in the nation’s capital. The museum's Hank Greenspun Terrace also features a permanent 80-foot-long exhibit detailing the rich history of one of the most famous avenues in America.
The Newseum also hosts educational talks and discussions, guided tours and film screenings. Peruse the museum’s calendar and discover an event or program that is relevant to your interests.
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