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

from Newseum
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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Starchgirl
St. Petersburg, Florida
"Hurry, before it closes"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 08, 2019 NEW
A fascinating history of journalism and its importance on enlightening people worldwide. You will leave with the realization that most people in this world don’t enjoy the privilege of a free press, and an appreciation for the risks reporters take to bring you the truth.
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195508Anonymous
"Best Museum We have Been To in Years!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2019 NEW
So sad that The Newseum is closing as it has so much to offer. This museum celebrates journalism and journalists but also highlights the Bill of Rights and how Freedom of the Press fits into the fabric of our nation. The combination of use of print media and video as well as exhibits is well done. There are daily front pages from newspapers all over the country and world which help to highlight how local and national news are emphasized on front pages in various locales. This really is a review of significant events in our country and how newspapers played a role. Just hope that the exhibits can be saved and somehow a new home can be found for this wonderful collection.
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Hooparena
Saint Paul, Minnesota
"Very informative and nostaglic place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 07, 2019 NEW
Really enjoyed the visit here. Great place to review history and the exhibits of Berlin Wall and 9/11 were excellent. Very sad to hear that it will be closing at the end of 2019. Recommend you visit it before it closes.
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Hi183987123
Wentzville, Missouri
"Amazingly informative "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
This was an amazing museum. I was there for 3.5 hours and easily could have doubled my time spent there (silly work prevented me from doing so). Informative, touching and thought provoking exhibits.
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B1249AS_
Vladivostok, Russia
"The best museum I've ever been to"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
While in the USA we've been to quite a few museums, including the famous Metropolitan( the Met). However the Newseum in Washington turned out to be the most exciting and dynamic place, full of great exhibits and fantastic stories about unbelievable people, who devoted their lives protecting the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment. Although our tour was limited to just a couple of hours, we did managed to produce our own TV report, touch the fragments of the Berlin wall, study the list of the pets of the USA presidents and spent a few minutes admiring the great view of the Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Ave. It's a pity, the Newseum is closing at the end of December, 2019 due to financial problems.. and lucky me and Svetlana, who did attended such a great place just a few weeks before it's closure..
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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.