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The Newseum in Washington, D.C. is dedicated to the promotion of the First Amendment to the US Constitution while memorializing important developments in journalism and communications technology. With exceptional interactive exhibits, it’s a must-see museum for anyone interested in the media and its role in reporting and influencing current affairs. The Newseum is set to close in its current location at the end of 2019, so make sure to visit while you still can!
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Enjoy expedited and flexible date entry to Washington, D.C.'s most interactive museum - voted “Best Museum in Washington”. Discover the history of journalism and the way news has been transmitted, from word-of-mouth, to the Gutenberg press, to Twitter.
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5 Tips for Visiting the Newseum

Newseum Washington, D.C. | Photo: Another Believer CC-BY-SA 3.0
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The Newseum is going to be closing at the end of 2019 due to financial difficulties and the sale of their Pennsylvania Avenue building, so if you’re in two minds about visiting, go! It has exceptional exhibits and great reviews, so see it while you still can. The museum seems set to open in new premises in the near-future.
Capitol from Newseum | Photo: Kathleen Tyler Conklin CC-BY 2.0
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Make sure to head up to the Hank Greenspun Terrace on the 6th floor (named after the editor of the Las Vegas Sun and founder of the first TV station in Nevada, who famously feuded with Senator Joe McCarthy). You’ll get a great view of Pennsylvania Avenue and the buildings and memorials on the National Mall.
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Linger in the bathrooms - the walls feature bloopers and comical headlines taken from a wide range of publications over the years.
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In addition to exhibition spaces, the Newseum also has 15 theaters which show original documentaries and historical reels throughout the day. Most have a short running time of fewer than 20 minutes, but Holocaust: The Untold Story is almost an hour long and is well worth watching from beginning to end, so bear that in mind when planning your visit.
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If you find that you can’t see everything in one day, then don’t worry! Your tickets are valid for two consecutive days, so you can take as long as you need to read through all the material and watch the films available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Newseum?

The Newseum is a large museum founded by the Freedom Forum, intended to promote free expression and the First Amendment to the US Constitution. It also has a particular interest in the history of communication and mass media. Its 7-floor building can be found on Pennsylvania Avenue, between the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House, and its symbolic design lets the public see the exhibitions inside from the street. It’s also home to the Journalists Memorial, which lists the names of over 2,290 journalists from around the world who have been killed while working. The museum seeks to educate the public about the role journalism has played in key historical events and the everyday lives of citizens and to highlight the day-to-day challenges faced by members of the media - from news anchors to war reporters.

What will I see on a trip to the museum?

There are permanent galleries dedicated to the First Amendment (which enshrines the right to free speech in the US Constitution), the FBI and its relationship with the media, the history of news throughout the centuries, and interactive exhibits about media ethics. There are also exhibits dedicated to certain eras or major events which changed the nature of news journalism, such as the Berlin Wall (including the largest sections of the Wall itself displayed outside Germany) and the Iron Curtain, the events of 9/11, and the Stonewall Riots. Important individual items include one of only 19 copies of the first newspaper to publish the Declaration of Independence, items relating to the reporting of the Civil Rights movement, and a CONUS 1 truck, the first satellite news-vehicle, which changed the way that television stations covered breaking news. There’s a lot to interact with, and plenty of media footage to watch throughout the 7 floors of exhibits.

Should I take a guided tour?

You don’t need a tour guide in order to enjoy the Newseum, but if you are interested in learning even more about news media, you can upgrade your experience by taking a guided tour. There are a couple of options if you’d like the assistance of an expert guide. You can either join the daily 60-minute First Amendment Highlights tour, which leaves 4 times a day and costs $10 to join. Alternatively, you can book a private tour for your group, which takes 90 minutes and has a range of pricing options depending on the size of your group and the date and time of your visit. Other team-building and educational activities are also available for adult and youth groups.

Will my children enjoy a trip to the Newseum?

While the exhibits are quite interactive, some of the subject matter covered might not be suitable for younger or sensitive children. For example, the exhibits covering 9/11 and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs do feature distressing and graphic content, and parents might need to explain historical events as they go along. Older children will enjoy pretending to be a newsreader, and there are also other interactive games on the upper floors which are both educational and fun.

General Information

Opening Hours:

The Newseum is open from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, and is open on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm. It is closed on Thanksgiving day and on December 25. The Newseum will be closing on December 31, 2019.

Address:

The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue
N.W., Washington, D.C., 20001

Tickets:

Tickets cost $24.95 for adults aged 19 to 64, $19.95 for visitors aged 65 and over, and $14.95 for visitors aged between 7 and 18. Children under the age of 6 can enter free of charge. All prices given here are before tax and will be higher once the tax has been added. A 15% discount is available for journalists, members of the military, teachers, and college students on presentation of an appropriate form of ID.

How to get there:

The Newseum can be found between the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House, a short walk from the National Mall. It can be reached by Metrorail to either Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter (served by the Green and Yellow lines) or Judiciary Square (served by the Red line). There are also nearby Metrobus stops served by several routes, and several docking stations for the Capital Bikeshare program. The Newseum also has a parking garage on C Street where visitors can park for a fee.
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