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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Frank G
New York City, New York
"Not to be missed"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2019 NEW
We spent one whole afternoon here and could easily have spent 2 days if time had permitted. All the major events of the past several centuries are displayed in original news accounts in a creative and compelling format. The older you are, the more meaningful the displays become because you are reliving your past. Absolutely fascinating. Unfortunately the Newseum is scheduled to close at the end of the year and I urge all who can to see it before then. I plan on a return trip just for that in the fall
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Gary1701
Hythe, United Kingdom
"No fake news!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 16, 2019 NEW
A great tribute to media personnel of the World, not just America. A really interesting view of Worldwide free speech and the "protection" of the press, or lack their of, and their tireless efforts to report, no matter the risk. Humbling.
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Mike_OCP
Wayland, Massachusetts, United States
"it is a crime that this museum is closing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2019 NEW
Get to this museum before it closes. Its message is timely and timeless. Spent 4 hours and could have used more time. Sorry to see it close in Dec. Get there before it does.
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pjandd300
Lysekil, Sweden
"A Reminder of the Past, a commentary of the present"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
Highly recommended and worth a visit. Giving news from the very first newsprint to the current day. Good exhibits of some key events, on journalistic break throughs and a reminder of the need for a free press. We were pleased to see commentary on attempts to discredit negative reporting through statements of ,”fake news”. The Newseum stands by independent reporting. Pulitzer Prize photos were displayed showing key events captured on film over the years
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jenny_segers
Birmingham, Alabama
"Not just for old newspapers"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
The Newseum contains a large collection of newspapers going back hundreds of years and including current papers from all over the country. There are many other interesting things to see there such as a section of the Berlin wall, the Times Square bombers SUV, clothing worn by the shoe bomber and much more!
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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.