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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M8826GWpeters
"Ode to journalism"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 14, 2019 NEW
Coming from a newspaper family this was a real treat. In this age of assault on the media by pea-brained, thin-skinned narcissistic jerks, it is a comfort to be reminded of the professionalism, hard work and dedication of generations of journalists worldwide. That said, it’s a bit overwhelming to be confronted with four or five floors of exhibits. Best pick your interest and try to focus on that. Word is the current newseum will close by 2020, so get it while you can.
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vinniek990
"Many faced museum "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 13, 2019 NEW
This was recommended by our host in DC, and we weren't disappointed. The 6(!) floors of the museum are filled with various subjects ( from 9/11, to the proud movement to a more overview of the development of news from the very first radio bulletin to the latest developments on social media), and because of the diversity in subjects and presentation it never gets dull. We've only been there for a single day, but we were allowed to return the next day which we could have done easily were it not that we were leaving dc the next day. Overall, really good museum!
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funhogs2
Sun Lakes, Arizona
"A Little Undetwhelming"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 13, 2019 NEW
Not quite sure what I was expecting but really didn’t get a lot out of this place. Exhibits were great but generally a rehash of history. Guess I’m too old and remember too many of the headlines and history to have learned anything new about the subjects. Probably more interesting if you are younger and didn’t live through any of the history. I generally visit these places to learn something but that didn’t happen for me here.
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ChrisBa
Frankfurt, Germany
"Confusing layout"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed June 11, 2019 NEW
This location will close by end 2019. When I was here, I was confused by the placement of some exhibits and only spotted them after consulting the floor plan or seeing a poster for them. You are encouraged to start in the basement with an introductory film and then take the elevator up to the top floor (good views from the balcony) but by that route you miss the while FBI exhibit and the other (two?) screening theaters. The gripping "Pictures of the Year" exhibition is practically hidden behind the cashier desks.
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ralphjmartins
Karachi, Pakistan
"A fantastic museum of journalism"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 10, 2019 NEW
This museum should be part of the coursework for every J-school student in America. It's a fantastic walkthrough of the country's rich press tradition.
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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.