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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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Reviewed August 5, 2013

My husband and I went soon after it opened on a Friday and the crowd wasn't too bad. Some of the best things about it were the view from the top of the Capitol Building, the authentic newspapers of major historical events and dating back from the first newspaper in the 1400s, and the segment of the Berlin Wall!

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

The Newseum is a great way to walk through recent history. I spent about 5 hours there last Sunday. It is a stop and stay type of exhibit museum, not a browse casually through museum. I was fascinated by the Berlin wall exhibit and the stories behind it.

There were several different exhibits on the 1960's because of the 50th anniversary of that era. It was interesting to watch young people view the videos of the Kennedy assassination and funeral, the civil rights marches, the riots at the Chicago Democratic Convention, the Kent State shootings, the Watts riots...seeing them for the first time.

Don't miss the newspaper headlines throughout the ages, nor Tim Russert's office. Fun to try out being a newscaster by using the blue screen technology. Careful - the teleprompter moves very fast! The view from the 6th floor terrace is lovely, but don't stay there too long, you'll miss the Newseum itself!

The 9/11 exhibit is impactful - could not look at all of it. There is a box of tissue outside the 9/11 theatre, if you need it. The Edward R. Murrow era is a sinister combination of journalism and politics.

Some comedy news represented by Laugh-In, SNL, Colbert Report... In the future it will be interesting to see how the Newseum treats "news" that is not impartial, that provides "spin" by the very nature of the stories it covers, the guests it interviews, the "facts" it uses...

The food in the cafeteria is a little expensive, but it is very good! Not typical at all! Admission fee for adults was $21.95. Worth it!

Go alone, go as a group, go as a couple, go as a family with teens. Not for kids, just because they'd get bored - too much to read that they wouldn't understand yet.

Thank PolishPrincess6250
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Even non-museum goers will find things of interest. We enjoyed reliving events of the 60s, 70s & 80s. Great comedy film about the royal baby birth. JFK exhibit seemed to interest not just those of us that remember but also teens. Great gift shop.

1  Thank LindaH120
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

They moved to this location a couple years ago. Lot's of "news-worthy" activities and exhibits, really nice exhibit on the coverage and aftermath of Katrina. If you are into news and history, this is a "must see". Beautiful sights and space on PA Ave, they did a really nice job in the design and space with their move from Rosslyn. A bit crowded on weekends, visit during the week if you want more room and space, but fun either way. A short walk to the National Mall and other museums, if time, check out the National Archives for more history!

Thank Kurt C
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We really enjoyed the Newseum and I found the JFK exhibits and the FBI sections to be engaging and interesting. The photographs of the Kennedy family were spectacular and whilst the video of JFK's 1000 days was only alright as a politics buff I had a great time. There are also some interesting sections on the Berlin wall and 9/11 and the Newseum has a great view of the Capitol that everyone should take time to visit. The biggest problem was the early closing time (5pm) which didn't give us enough time to see everything even though we started just after 1. The tickets are valid for two days but we simply couldn't get back with so much to do in Washington on our trip. Had the Newseum been open later we would happily have stayed and seen the Sports section and some of the interactive exhibits. Overall a great place to visit but needs a lot of time to see in full.

Thank Pete D
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