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Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC, DC 20001 (Downtown / Chinatown)
+1 888-639-7386
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Ranked #8 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Find out for yourself why everyone is calling the Newseum the best experience Washington, D.C. has to offer. Each of the seven levels in this magnificent building is packed with interactive exhibits that explore how news affects our shared experience of historic moments. Whether you have just a few hours or want to spend all day, you’ll find something for everyone in the family in the Newseum's 15 theaters and 15 galleries.
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Brousssard, LA
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“Wow, this is great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Two days will nrto do this Newseum justice. Running through it in two days only gives you a quick glimpse of the amazing range of material available. Even young people will find things here they are amazed at.

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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“A Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

The Newseum is a mix of journalism, history, and culture in one location. As media have covered all that is important to us, the Newseum does the same, while simultaneously providing a glimpse into how the field of journalism was, is, and will be. From sifting through newspapers dating back to the 1600s to understanding the workings of covering politics to laughing at the satirical moanings of everyone from Paine to Colbert, the Newseusm will give you something to think about. Emotionally, I was on the verge of tears in the 9/11 and Pulitzer Photo galleries. On top of this, there are numerous theaters with documentaries providing insights into everything from media bias to covering sports. Don't forget to try your skills at filing a story or broadcasting the news and weather in the Newseum's interactive forum. There is one drawback, however. Although a great place for teens and adults, there is not much for children to gather from a stop at the Newseum.

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Excellent museum. Don't miss it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Travelled to DC for four days after a week in NY & it was so nice to visit a museum that wasn't heaving with people. Expansive building with lots of glass and light. Newseum is a brilliant concept museum covering print, broadcasting and new-media journalism with a refreshingly good-value ticket valid for 2 days. We spent a whole day here and it was wonderful. The depth and breadth of each part of the museum is fascinating. The history of print journalism dating back to the 1200's is a must-see if not just for the inspiring original historic manuscripts that are on display. The 9/11 memorial with the twisted remains of the broadcasting antenna from Tower 2 at it's centre, along with the accompanying 'wall' of front pages from that terrible day is very moving and very informative. The Freedom of the Press map-display is revealing (which countries in the world enjoy a true 'free' press) and the complete collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs is breathtaking - loved reading the back-end story of each one of them. Pause at the memorial wall of journalists killed in the line of duty. Very moving. The front pages of many of the world's newspapers are displayed outside on the street at the entrance to the Newseum which is what caught our eye in the first place. Fabulous place to visit - you definitely won't be disappointed. Would love to go back again on our next DC visit. Not sure how this would go for smaller children but it would be a great learning experience for younger teens and up.

Visited December 2012
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“Newseum is light on substance, poorly organized”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Over 7 floors of displays and theaters, but awkward to navigate, poor directionals and too high a ratio of walking to viewing.
A major pet peeve - most of the information and multimedia aspects of the individual exhibits were below waist level, and since people hugged up to the information tablets, you can't read them and can only see the high up pictures on the walls. Also the audio for the Unabomber house information and one other audio did not work.

4D theater was underwhelming.

FBI exhibit was good but the flow was unclear and the issue about reading the descriptive info was especially bad, which made the exhibit move slowly...unless you have no qualms about pushing in front of other people and blocking their view so you can see the info. The 9-11 aspects of the FBI display were moving.
I was in Berlin immediately after the wall came down; there were significant pieces of the wall still intact when I got there and I watched the city begin to heal. The Newseum's display of the Wall was also well done and impactful.
There were a couple good short video/ documentaries on the numerous break- out theaters.
Good gift shop you can visit without going into the museum portion. The interactive section would be good for kids.
The remainder was not worth a visit without the exhibits mentioned above.
Overall a disjointed approach and not really helped by the visitors guide. Disappointing in a high visability, showy commercial museum. Go to the (taxdollar funded) Smithsonians instead, or if you want to try a commercial museum, go to the much better organized Spy Museum or National Geographic Museum.
Not worth the full price adult admission of $21.95, but if you insist on going, get the half-priced tickets from groupon or livingsocial.

Visited December 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Enjoyable visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Definitely worth visiting if you are interested in media and news. The facilities are modern and new. If you purchase a ticket, you are able to come in and out over a 2 day period of time. I enjoyed the FBI and the Berlin Wall Exhibits on the concourse level best. During our visit, we were also able to get a look at the studio used for ABC's "This Week."

Visited December 2012
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