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Newseum (journalism museum)

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Newseum (journalism museum), Washington DC DC

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Newseum is a museum about journalism in a beautiful glass building. There are great views of the US Capitol from the glass stairwell and there's a pleasant outdoor balcony. Kids love the news-making area on the second level and can spend hours there creating videos and pretending to be a news anchor. Since there is nothing else of interest on this level, parents can't see the rest of the museum unless they trade off with each other. The rest of the museum isn't kid-friendly (news is, after all, usually tragic), so trading off is the best way to go anyway. Kids also like the gift shop where they can buy fun things like spy glasses.
Adults can browse the amazing award-winning photos by journalists, and also see the sad and meaningful exhibit about how dangerous it is to be a journalist. There is a video on a long screen that sums up all the major news from recent years. A wall is dedicated to 9/11, with front pages from many newspapers for that day plus a huge chunk, an antenna, of one of the towers. There is also a wall dedicated to today's front pages. 
The museum is not free, but the tickets do last for two consecutive days and since the museum is not crowded, you can come in the middle of the day when other museums are unbearable. You will be thankful for the cool AC in summer and something to do indoors in the middle of the day! News, however, is depressing, so if you want a more cheerful middle of the day activity, head to the National Gallery of Art. Kids, however, do get a lot out of the news-making area of this museum, so another possibility is to just visit the kids section (which isn't depressing) with one adult (this is cheaper), while the other adult visits a museum they want to see that kids don't really care about such as the National Gallery of Art, which is just south of Newseum.

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Photo Gallery

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Shady balcony with a view.
Shady balcony with a view.
View of US Capitol.
View of US Capitol.
Part of the Twin Towers.
Part of the Twin Towers.
Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike in 1968.
Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike in 1968.
Looking down from a high floor.
Looking down from a high floor.
Photos of the year.
Photos of the year.
East Berlin border guard leaps over razor wire, becoming the first soldier to defect to the West.
East Berlin border guard leaps over razor wire, becoming the first soldier to defect to the West.
Wall of newspaper front pages.
Wall of newspaper front pages.
You can see today's newspapers' front pages.
You can see today's newspapers' front pages.
A protester stands firm during a Black Lives Matter protest in 2017.
A protester stands firm during a Black Lives Matter protest in 2017.
Glass elevator looking out on part of the Berlin Wall.
Glass elevator looking out on part of the Berlin Wall.
A child gets to be a news anchor and see himself on TV.
A child gets to be a news anchor and see himself on TV.
Which parts of the world have a free press.
Which parts of the world have a free press.
Armor-reinforced Chevrolet truck that kept journalists safe during turmoil in Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
Armor-reinforced Chevrolet truck that kept journalists safe during turmoil in Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
This truck never let journalists down.
This truck never let journalists down.
Crime lab special exhibit.
Crime lab special exhibit.
Journalists memorial.
Journalists memorial.
Newseum building.
Newseum building.

Directions

Newseum is located at  555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001. 
Open Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-5. 
Tickets last for two consecutive days. 
Admission is $25 for adults, $22.50 for college students and military with ID, $20 for seniors, $15 for youth aged 7-18, and free for children aged 6 and under.

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Last Updated: Wed, 04 Jul 2018 00:06:33 GMT