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Newseum, Washington DC

Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 6,000+ reviews on the web
Explore the world of print and mass media through interactive hands-on exhibits at Newseum. The seven-level museum features 14 theaters and 15 galleries that allow visitors to relive important moments in history from the perspective of the media. Tour the largest display of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany, or learn more about the history of the free press with hundreds of historical artifacts in the News History Gallery. Step in front of the camera and try your hand at being a news anchor in the interactive newsroom. End the visit with an elevator ride to the top terrace, where you can enjoy views of the city. A visit to Newseum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Washington DC travel itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Plan to spend plenty of time! Many things to see and do on the six levels. Don't forget to take a picture on level 6... impressive view. 
  • Our concierge provided free tickets to this museum, else we may not have visited. We went back the second day as you need at least 6 hours there. It is a tourist must do. 
  • I enjoyed the exhibits, but it seemed a little expensive for what we got out of the experience. It was also overrun by kids... I couldn't even hear some of audio-exhibits due to noise. The staff was a...  read more »
  • Excellent museum shows the history of journalism from the first printing presses through today's newspapers from around the world (updated daily). If you are interested in current events or anything from the past 100 years, you will find it here. There is even part of the Berlin Wall, in a section describing coverage of its fall, and Cold War censorship in Eastern Europe. In addition, The FBI has moved its exhibits here, including artifacts from the Lindbergh Kidnapping, 1930's gangsters, the Patty Hearst case, Waco, the Unabomber, and 9/11. Don't forget the sections on freedom of the press, including photos of the hundreds of reporters killed worldwide trying to get the truth told to the public. If you are the type of person who could spend hours on Wikipedia reading about historical events, you should allow at least half a day here!
  • Pretty interesting. I really like how interestingly this museum is structured. You enter on the ground floor, take a glass elevator to the top, getting to see the unique construction of the building and its exhibits, and then you head downward through the various floors back toward the entrance. There are a lot of great displays that really drive home how valuable journalism has been in shaping the course of events throughout both American and global history. I knew a lot of the basic historical threads they were spotlighting, but the details that the museum delves into are quite fascinating. The collection of front pages from that day's news from around the country and the world is great to see as well. I went using some free tickets I'd received at another event, so that may have positively colored my overall experience. With a regular ticket price of $23, I'm not sure this would be one of my first choices on a visit to DC, especially given the wealth of free Smithsonian options right nearby.
  • An important addition to the museum offerings of our national capitol, this place takes energy and commitment to fully appreciate. There is a lot to experience. That being said, the building, layout, variety of media, and fact that entrance ticket is good for a couple/few days, helps a lot. It is nice to see a formal place to recognize and remember the impact, and potential, of The Fourth Estate in democracy and our country's history.
  • Really nice if you like to be informed. I really the exhibition about the berlin wall and the one about 9/11. Dont forget to go at the 6th level to take pictures of pennsylvania avenue from outside.
  • Not a big fan of paying for museum entrance fees while in Washington, D.C. Most of the museums here are free to explore and see. But the Newseum has one of the best catalogues of material and historical artifacts anywhere in the world. It's an amazing place with some great views of the city from atop the building.
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