I had heard rave reviews from a number of friends about Newseum, so when I saw it standing next to the Canadian Embassy, I knew I had to pay a visit! I ended up spending 3 hours there and could have easily spent 3 more.
By far, my favorite part was the 9/11 Gallery. The wall of front pages was so chilling, as was the timeline of the AP's coverage of the day. I couldn't get into the video due to time constraint, but was hearing positive things from visitors exiting that room. I also LOVED the Tim Russert office, the news history gallery, and the presidential photography sections.
Why not 5 stars? I'm a news/journalism junkie, but repeatedly overheard comments from a group of high school students expressing their mixture of interest and boredom with some of the more specialized exhibits like the First Amendment Gallery (which I thought was fabulous!).
It is also a bit expensive (my student ticket cost $19.03 - that ain't cheap), but I suppose you can get a pretty good return if you spend more than 2 hours there. If this is your first visit to DC, I'd recommend hitting the Smithsonians first, then coming to Newseum if you have some money and a good chunk of time to spare.
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