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  • Newseum, Washington, D.C., USA

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The setting, in a dramatic glass-and-silver structure on Pennsylvania Avenue, 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 the 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 news history, including exhibits on the First Amendment; global news; the rise of multimedia; and how radio, TV, and the Internet transformed worldwide news dissemination.


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 you 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.

Evocative press photos are on display at the Pulitzer Prize Photographs gallery.

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, Reporting Vietnam, on display through September 12, 2016, details the dramatic stories of how broadcast and print journalists reported war news to a divided country.


Celebrity-chef Wolfgang Puck designed the menu for the food court, as well as for the adjoining restaurant, The Source.

View the orientation films on the concourse level, take the elevator to the top, and work your way down.

Tickets for the Newseum are valid for two consecutive days.

The top-floor terrace offers one of the best views of the Capitol.

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555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20001, USA

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  • $22.95
  • Daily 9–5


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