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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JoeandKay
Seattle, Washington
"One of the best museums in DC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
Admission gets you two consecutive days entry. There is a lot to see. Seeing the news like a reported does, rather than how it is presented was interesting, especially in the 9/11 exhibit. One interesting exhibit is the Pulitzer Prize photos from each year going way back. Also newspapers that date way back in time as well as papers from different countries. Unfortunately the Newseum will be closing at the end of 2019. They sold the building.
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scarsl923
Louisa, Virginia
"Great news! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
This was a great museum! 6 floors of marvelous exhibits. So informative for anyone young or old. It showed you how to really appreciate different forms of media through the generations, methods for obtaining a story and what is behind it. I recommend this museum to anyone visiting the area.
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eventsbythirteen
New York City, New York
"GOOD and EXPENSIVE!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2019 NEW
This museum, that houses the issues of theU.S. Constitutions, 1st Amendment, is really good, but, unlike all other Museums in Washington, DC ( except the Holocaust and Bible Museums, which you must pay admission fees) has a $25.00 admission fee?!!!! Too, much! After the sticker shock wares off, the museum is really good! Watergate, Stonewall, processes in the history of the profession, all explored!
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Jackie A
"Great Exhibits"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2019 NEW
My husband and I visited the Newseum and loved it. This was our favorite museum on our trip to Washington DC. The 9/11 exhibit and audio films were amazing, they showed breaking news footage of the event actually happening. They had a camera from a journalist who was there, taking photos. There is an area on an upper balcony that has a great view of the Capital Building. So many audio films playing and many interesting exhibits. We moved through at a casual pace and stayed for about 3 hours. I would definitely recommend this museum to anyone who is in the area.
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caylarevels
Rock Hill, South Carolina
"Awesome Place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2019 NEW
History of news! Interesting, great design, fascinating info! The interactive 2nd floor was a favorite! The teens got to do the news. Very fun. Took at least 2 hours to get through. Definitely worth the time!
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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.