Newseum in Washington, D.C.

555 Pennsylvania Ave.,Washington, DC 20001
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Overview

Focusing on the five freedoms of the First Amendment and free expression, the Newseum is considered one of the most interactive museums in the world. Covering everything from the birth of the radio to the Berlin Wall, this Washington DC museum is educational, intriguing, and bold. With 7 levels of hands-on, engaging exhibits, 15 galleries, and 15 theaters, the Newseum is a DC “must see.”

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • This museum focuses on freedom of expression and the 5 freedoms of the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.)
  • Closed New Year’s Day, Inauguration Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Located between the U.S. Capitol and the White House on historic Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Parking is available onsite at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. Hourly rates apply.

Description

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The Newseum, headquartered in Washington, D.C., promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

Since opening in 2008, more than 7 million have visited its modern building located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between the United States Capitol and the White House. The Newseum’s seven levels of interactive exhibits include 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Among the most memorable exhibits are the 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast, featuring the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center; the Berlin Wall Gallery, whose eight concrete sections are one of the largest pieces of the original wall outside Germany; and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, which features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942.

Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum experience also traces the evolution of electronic communication from the birth of radio, to the technologies of the present and the future.

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CookseyMom
Parkland, Florida
"So glad I got to see it before it was gone!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 03, 2020 NEW
My husband, kids (14, 12, 10) and I thought this was one of the best stops in DC. Their exhibit about the Berlin Wall was incredible, as well as the 9/11 World Trade Center bombings. So sorry that it has closed, and hope it will reopen in a new space soon so others can see the great exhibits!
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SDTravelMom
San Diego, California
"Excellent Museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 27, 2020
If you stop at every exhibit, you'll never finish in a day. Also, it might be wise to go later in the day. Place was packed with school kids, who were not being supervised. However, the content is amazing! I'm very, very glad I was able to make it here during this visit.
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Bill P
Atlanta, Georgia
"Could Have and Should Have Been Better"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2020
Great architecture, but bad museum design. In radio, dead air is not good; in print, to much white space is not good; here there was too much space wasted. When I saw the previous version in Virginia, I was astounded. As a former journalist, war correspondent and crusading investigative reporter, this monument to the first amendment was an essential pilgrimage before they shuttered and relinquished the structure to Johns Hopkins. I was disappointed by the reliance on hi-tech and the limited space to display more items.
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MikeJ1940
"1st Amendment definitely covered!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 08, 2020
Ok the First Amendment is on the side of the building in stone. Staff are very friendly. There's a viewing platform which gives you a good view of the Capitol Building down Pennsylvania Avenue. The museum covers issues relating to freedom of speech and their publications in America and their influence. The desk that Jon Stewart sat behind for the Daily Show was there and also the radio antennae thing from the top of one of the World Trade Center towers. Obviously looking a bit bent. There was also an exhibition showing loads of Pullitzer Prize winning photos. These range from the what's that about and why did it win to very moving photos, some documenting man's inhumanity to man. I can't remember if there were any Nazi concentration camp pictures but one from central America and another from South Africa brought tears to the eyes - how could people do that? The South African picture related to a man who had had a tyre filled with petrol put around his neck and lit. The picture was taken a few minutes later when he'd tried, in flames, running away and someone put a machete through his skull. He was still kneeling, presumably alive at this point with the machete still in his skull. Yeah - right, okay. You get the idea. But well worth a look.
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Pilotpc12
Omaha, Nebraska
"One of my favorite museums, but . . . ."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 05, 2020
Always been o e of my favorite museums but by going more hi-tech, it seems less personable. Before it had a ton of mementos, exhibits, etc., but now it's all video based.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Newseum

Where is the museum located?
The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave.., N.W., Washington, DC, 20001.

What are the hours of operation?
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed New Year’s Day, Inauguration Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Hours are subject to change.

Is this museum appropriate for all ages?
Yes. In addition, children under the age of 6 can enter the museum for free.

How long does it take to tour the museum?
Touring the Newseum takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on your group and your particular interests.

Is there an orientation film?
Yes. We recommend that all groups begin their tour with a four-minute orientation film that explains the Newseum’s numerous exhibits, galleries, and programs.

Where is the closest Metro rail stop?
The Archives/Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter station on the Green and Yellow Lines is approximately two blocks away. The Gallery Place and Judiciary Square stations on the Red Line are approximately four and two blocks away, respectively.

Are wheelchairs available?
Yes. A limited number of wheelchairs, scooters and walking aids are available on a first come, first-served basis.

Can I take pictures while at the museum?
Flash photography is allowed in most areas of the Newseum, except where it is expressly prohibited. Please consult with staff and signage for details.

Does the museum have a place to eat or purchase food?
Yes. The Food Section, located on the Concourse Level, offers a full selection of hot and cold entrée options. The restaurant seats approximately 150. Since food and drinks are not allowed inside the exhibit areas, no outside food or bag lunches are allowed.

Does the museum have a gift shop?
Yes.

What parking options are available at the museum?
The Newseum offers safe and affordable parking inside our building at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. The garage is open 7:00 am – 11:00 pm, Mon. – Sat. and 9:00 am – 11:00 pm on Sun. Rates are $10 for the first hour and $20 for over one hour, up to a full day. All day on weekends there will be a flat rate of $15. Entrance to the Newseum parking garage is on C Street.