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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vickywashereagain
"Who Knew?"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
What a great museum, and so well done. I loved looking at printed news going back to the invention of the printing press. The headlines and news stories from the past are fascinating to read. While my husband checked out 1941, I was reading about the Boston Tea Party. It was great to see how journalism has changed over the centuries. This is a museum dedicated to print journalists and photo and video journalists. The ones who often risk their lives or their livelihoods to bring the news to light. I especially enjoyed the gallery of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs and the video about the photographers who took them. There's also the antennae that was on top of the World Trade Center on 9/11. And there's a large portion of the Berlin Wall. Not to be missed.
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371j
New York City, New York
"Outstanding"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019 NEW
Really interesting place, lots of very well done exhibits, could easily spend a couple of days. Staff very helpful.
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DanM426
West Bloomfield, Michigan
"A Fantastic Place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2019 NEW
After a 4 day visit to Washington DC, I had about 5 hours before I had to be at the airport, so I decided to see one more museum. I realize DC has numerous top level places of interest. After visiting this museum, I would place it near the top. It is not the biggest, but it is very interesting and entertaining. There were many things to see and enjoy, but you were not overwhelmed. It was very well organized, It is a shame it is closing December31, 2019 because it lost funding and is too expensive to keep open at its location, on admissions alone. If you are in Washington DC before December 31st, this is a must see. As interesting as the rows and rows of newspaper headlines are, there is much more. Go see and you will be glad you did. If I am in DC before it closes, I am definitely going back to finish what I missed. P.S. The food in the Cafe was very very good and the prices were not crazy high like some of the other museums
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Michbos
"Museum of news "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 18, 2019 NEW
The museum is not apart of the Smithsonian so you have to pay. However, there’s a fantastic collection of newspapers displayed in chronological order and different newsreel. Plan on spending time reading all the history. Very fascinating.
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Diane B
"Outstanding"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 17, 2019 NEW
Great tribute to journalism throughout the centuries, and to the first amendment. Go when you can. Sadly, this great museum is closing at the end of the year.
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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.