Newseum

Newseum, Washington DC: Address, Phone Number, Newseum Reviews: 4.5/5

Speciality Museums • History Museums
This location was reported permanently closed
About
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 increase understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — apply to their lives. 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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2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
How to get there
  • Archives • 4 min walk
  • Judiciary Square • 6 min walk
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Andy C
208 contributions
Some interesting museum pieces….
Jan 2021 • Friends
A good collection of interesting items. The two best items IMO were the antenna from the top of the World Trade Center and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s desk. On this latest visit I couldn’t find the desk so it might have been moved to another museum. The antenna was recovered from the rubble at ground zero in NYC. It spans several floors and can be viewed in its entirety. Very nice addition.
Written November 15, 2021
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smiller324
Indianapolis, IN35 contributions
Easily my favorite place in DC!
Dec 2019
I have been to the Newseum about 4 times and each time they continue to amaze me with their incredible artifacts, educational resources, and incredible work they put into their museum! They have a great gift shop, incredible exhibits, and it's a place for everyone! One of the times I went, they had Lady Gaga's meat dress and that made my entire trip, lol :)
Written November 9, 2020
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kelseybundra
144 contributions
It’s a shame it’s closing
Aug 2019 • Friends
When I went to visit the Newseum, I was the news editor of my college newspaper. It was so important to learn about journalism, politics, and this country’s history. It was the best museum I have visited. It’s a shame it’s closing/closed.
Written July 23, 2020
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CookseyMom
Prosper, TX228 contributions
So glad I got to see it before it was gone!
Jan 2020
My husband, kids (14, 12, 10) and I thought this was one of the best stops in DC. Their exhibit about the Berlin Wall was incredible, as well as the 9/11 World Trade Center bombings. So sorry that it has closed, and hope it will reopen in a new space soon so others can see the great exhibits!
Written July 3, 2020
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SDTravelMom
San Diego, CA338 contributions
Excellent Museum
Oct 2019
If you stop at every exhibit, you'll never finish in a day. Also, it might be wise to go later in the day. Place was packed with school kids, who were not being supervised. However, the content is amazing! I'm very, very glad I was able to make it here during this visit.
Written March 27, 2020
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Bill P
Atlanta, GA278 contributions
Could Have and Should Have Been Better
Dec 2019
Great architecture, but bad museum design. In radio, dead air is not good; in print, to much white space is not good; here there was too much space wasted. When I saw the previous version in Virginia, I was astounded. As a former journalist, war correspondent and crusading investigative reporter, this monument to the first amendment was an essential pilgrimage before they shuttered and relinquished the structure to Johns Hopkins. I was disappointed by the reliance on hi-tech and the limited space to display more items.
Written March 16, 2020
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Mike J
20 contributions
1st Amendment definitely covered!
Jul 2019
Ok the First Amendment is on the side of the building in stone.

Staff are very friendly. There's a viewing platform which gives you a good view of the Capitol Building down Pennsylvania Avenue. The museum covers issues relating to freedom of speech and their publications in America and their influence. The desk that Jon Stewart sat behind for the Daily Show was there and also the radio antennae thing from the top of one of the World Trade Center towers. Obviously looking a bit bent.

There was also an exhibition showing loads of Pullitzer Prize winning photos. These range from the what's that about and why did it win to very moving photos, some documenting man's inhumanity to man. I can't remember if there were any Nazi concentration camp pictures but one from central America and another from South Africa brought tears to the eyes - how could people do that? The South African picture related to a man who had had a tyre filled with petrol put around his neck and lit. The picture was taken a few minutes later when he'd tried, in flames, running away and someone put a machete through his skull. He was still kneeling, presumably alive at this point with the machete still in his skull. Yeah - right, okay. You get the idea. But well worth a look.
Written March 8, 2020
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Jacob_514
Montreal, Canada6 contributions
Greatest museum I've ever visited
Dec 2019
I have been to many museums in the US and abroad but this is probably the best I have ever visited. It is also doing an important educational service around the first amendment and importance and evolution of a free press. Heard it was closing after my visit and could not believe this sad news!
Written March 6, 2020
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Pilotpc12
Omaha, NE10 contributions
One of my favorite museums, but . . . .
Sep 2019
Always been o e of my favorite museums but by going more hi-tech, it seems less personable. Before it had a ton of mementos, exhibits, etc., but now it's all video based.
Written March 5, 2020
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Win Barber
La Plata, MD1,305 contributions
Museum has permanently Closed.
Dec 2019
This museum permanently Closed on December 31, 2019. The owner could not afford the expense of maintaining it. And they could not compete with all the other Free museums in the neighborhood.
Written February 19, 2020
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