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“Plan to spend most of the day here!”
Review of Newseum

Newseum
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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 free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. 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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North Carolina
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“Plan to spend most of the day here!”
Reviewed July 18, 2011

Six floors of exhibits--outstanding! Loved the exhibit of the photos of the year, the Berlin Wall display, the infamous criminals exhibit, Hurricane Katrina exhibit, and the 9-11 exhibit! Because we spent so much time looking at these exhibits, we had to rush through some of the other exhibits so we could fit in other sites on our vacation. Right now, they are offering a special of up to 10 children under the age of 18 at no charge with a paying adult. Advice: take the orientation tour which will take you on an overview tour of all the exhibits, then go back and spend the most time at the exhibits that are most interesting to you.

Visited July 2011
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Bexley, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant museum”
Reviewed July 16, 2011

On the face of it, a museum about news seems like somewhere only news obsessives would want to go.

Yet it was brilliant - with really interesting displays that took in human rights, what actually happens in a tv studio to the chance to actually record a reporter standup.

The 9/11 film about the journalists who reported that day's terrible events was particularly powerful.

The cost seemed quite high - although my hotel concierge did give me a $5 discount coupon - but this museum kept me occupied for several hours. A definite must visit.

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Miami, Florida
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“Excellent, time well spent”
Reviewed July 16, 2011

the newsuem is vast so be prepared to use your time wisely, you may take a whole day, but the tickets are valid for two days so you can come back the next day and view the remaining sections

Visited June 2011
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Cary, North Carolina
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“The museum hit of our DC trip”
Reviewed July 9, 2011

A museum about news seems a little goofy, and I can remember this place drawing some criticism when it opened. For that reason, we were a little skeptical of it. We shouldn't have been, because it's terrific. It's what a museum should be--interactive, interesting and it just feels fresh.

You can probably skip the 4D movie. It's just OK, not great--and there are other, more great, parts.

For those with kids, there are some parts where you'll want to think hard about how much you want to expose them to some of it. But there's nothing that felt absolutely inappropriate. Small doses went a long way for our six year old, for example, in the 9-11 exhibit.

Crowds weren't bad at all, I'm guessing because it costs money to get in--as opposed to the Smithsonians, which are free. Keep in mind they are running a special promo this summer where kids under 18 are admitted free with an adult.

Visited July 2011
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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“Went with school newspaper and loved it”
Reviewed July 8, 2011

I went to the Newseum as part of a trip with school. We first went to see the 4D movie. Personally, i would not recommend this for children unless they are NOT frigthened easily. In the movie u are "shot" at and enter an insane asylum with Nessie Bly. Found the exhibits to be really interested and fun to look at. Loved the balcony, which gives a great view of the city. Could have spent more hours than the 3 hours alotted. My only complaint is that the food was a little expensive, but it was really amazing food (really good wings.)

Visited March 2011
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