I had heard a lot about the Newseum but never actually made it there the many times I had been to Washington, DC. This time, I made it a priority and I am glad that I did. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue in the northwest part of the city, the Newseum is an interactive museum of news and journalism with fifteen theaters and fifteen galleries. Among them are the Berlin Wall Gallery, which includes the largest display of sections of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany, and the 9/11 Gallery which includes a portion of the antenna from the World Trade Center along with dozens of newspapers from around the globe from that day. The Today’s Front Pages Gallery presents daily front pages from more than eighty international newspapers and you can also see current front pages from newspapers from each state.
One of my favorite exhibits was the News History Gallery. This is the largest gallery in the museum, and features more than three hundred historic front pages from the last few centuries. It is quite fascinating to read the cover story reporting that President McKinley had been shot, that Jesse James was dead, or the issue that printed the last portrait of Queen Victoria before her death.
Other interesting galleries include the special exhibits “1965: Civil Rights at 50,” “President Lincoln is Dead: The New York Herald Reports the Assassination,” the First Amendment Gallery, the World News Gallery that details Press freedom around the world [as reported by Freedom House], the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, “Blood and Ink: Front Pages from the Civil War,” and the Journalists Memorial.
The Newseum’s operations are funded by the Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to “free press, free speech and free spirit for all people.” Television studios at the Newseum host news broadcasts [i.e. Sunday political talk shows] and Al Jazeera America’s Washington D.C. bureau.
The admission fees are as follows:
Adults [19 to 64] – $22.95 plus tax
Seniors [65 and older] – $18.95 plus tax
Youth [7 to 18] – $13.95 plus tax
Children [6 and younger] – Free
Tickets are good for two days. As the museum is a bit confusing to navigate at times, it may be a good idea to do a few levels at a time so you can take time to digest what your are seeing. It truly is a fascinating museum. For detailed information, check out the Newseum Website.