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“Was hoping for more”
Review of 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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Reviewed November 3, 2013

we were told this would take all day by a friend and I had seen enough after about 2.5 hrs. First of all, the majority of the news that is displayed is very left. The majority of the news you'll see is from NY Times/ Washington Post, MSNBC, Colbert Report, John Stewart, and SNL News clips.

There was a very touching area about famous pictures throughout history. It was very moving. There was also a 'shrine' to JFK and the Camelot Legacy. Some interesting info into the minds of the Unabomber and Oklahoma Bombing. As well as a look into the FBI and Mob bosses.

We were really excited about the 4-D movie experience, but were left very disappointed that after waiting 10 minutes in the holding room, we entered the theatre and were told that they didn't have any glasses for anyone. So sit back and enjoy. So we watched a 15 min, blurry movie which was poorly scripted/acted/produced. As we left, we overheard many of the other viewers upset that no one was told prior to the viewing that no one would have glasses. After the movie, we tried to enjoy the rest of the Newseum but continued to not be impressed for the $22/pp we paid to get in. The interactive HP news area wasn't all that interactive. You can make a newspaper page on a touchscreen and publish it to a bigger TV for other people to read. Basically dragging and dropping articles into template. As for the history of newspapers, that section was pretty cool. They have a lot of first publications and important papers on display. Due to the preservation, the lighting is very dim, so it's hard to read them, but non the less, it was neat. Another part that was fun and interactive was the green screen. You get to read a monitor of fake news, and you're recorded and can see yourself acting like a real news anchor. They have a section coming soon about the movie Anchorman...Not really news related but I guess it will get fans to come plop $22 to see it. There was also another 'interactive' section near the green screens where they ask you questions/survey about what you would do in certain situations. Seemed like a waste of space. ie) sneak a camera into an event/situation in order to get the real story...etc. Finishing with the Liberal gift shop, that has t-shirts that say, "if you were a republican before, you're probably a democrat now". I can take a joke, but most of the stuff they were selling was along those lines, very one sided.

Overall, we would have rather seen a different museum for $22...The spy museum was pretty interesting if you're having trouble deciding.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

As a journalist, attending a conference at Newseum provided a great opportunity to take my 8-year-old son around the place. The building is so impressive and full to the rafters of fascinating exhibits - I think it really helped him begin to understand the importance of freedom of expression and the value of the much maligned profession his Dad works in! From coverage of the Vietnam War to Watergate and onwards, US journalism has a fine tradition of promoting honesty and accountability. I would highly recommend to any family in town to learn about the history and values of America to visit and to learn more about the fourth estate.

Thank WanderingHK
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Having travelled all the way from Australia, with one of the highlights to be Washington DC I was of course bitterly disappointed that I could not visit any of the Smithsonian's due to the govt shutdown. So was pleasantly surprised at what a gem newseum was. Great exhibitions on Berlin Wall, 9/11, JFK and much much more. If you have time in DC def worth the visit.

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Great history of journalism and the impacts its had on society. Moving displays on the Berlin Wall, 9/11 and JFK. Kids and adults can enjoy. Even though there are many free options within blocks of the Newseum, this was well worth the price of admission.

Thank Jeff E
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

A fairly new attraction this building is worth the time and $. The exhibits were wonderful and the view from the top landing of the building is NOT to be missed! Take the time to view the Capitol from the top landing. Well worth the price to visit!

Thank Angela H
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