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The Newseum's setting in a landmark $450 million glass-and-silver structure on Pennsylvania Avenue, set smack between the White House and the Capitol, is a fitting location for a museum devoted to the First Amendment and the role of a free press in democracy. Visitors enter into a 90-foot-high media-saturated atrium, overlooked by a giant breaking-news screen and a news helicopter suspended overhead. From there, 15 galleries display 500 years of the history of news, including exhibits on the First Amendment; global news; the rise of multimedia; and the way radio, television, and the Internet transformed how we find out about the world. The space and the exhibits are high-tech, multimedia, and sometimes shamelessly fun, though among them are powerful evocations of 9/11 and the Journalists Memorial, honoring journalists killed while reporting the news.
The largest piece of the Berlin wall outside Germany, including a guard tower, is permanently installed in an exhibit explaining how a free press was a key contributor to the fall of the wall.
Fifteen state-of-the art theaters, including an eye-popping "4-D" theater and another with a 90-foot-long screen, show features, news, sports, and documentaries throughout the day.
In the Interactive Newsroom visitors can play the role of journalist. Try your hand at investigative reporting to solve a mysterious animal breakout at the zoo. Or, step behind a camera and try to capture the most compelling photograph of a river rescue.
The greatest and most powerful press photos are on display at the Pulitzer Prize Photographs gallery.
ABC's This Week is filmed here nearly every Sunday morning; museum visitors are welcome to watch it live on the giant screen in the atrium.
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck designed the menu for the food court, as well as for the well-reviewed restaurant The Source, adjoining the museum.
The best way to tour the museum is by viewing the orientation films on the concourse level, then taking the elevator up to the top floor and working your way down.
Tickets for the Newseum are valid for two consecutive days (but walk-in visitors are welcome); purchasing them in advance on the Website gains you 10 percent off the ticket price.
The top-floor terrace offers one of the best views of the Capitol and looks directly down onto Pennsylvania Avenue.
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