We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Interesting and Educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Newseum

Newseum
Book In Advance
More Info
$24.27*
and up
Admission to Washington DC Newseum
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Fee: Yes
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
So. Cal.
Level Contributor
18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Interesting and Educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Newseum is a great place to visit, with extensive information on the importance of and significance of journalism. The tickets are a good deal, being good for two days. Their exhibit on journalists and their work covering 9/11 is incredibly moving. Their exhibit on the FBI was excellent as well. And their collection of noteworthy newspapers is really cool. Be sure to give yourself a good four-plus hours if you like to linger

My only knocks on the place are their hours - they close at 5 p.m., which seems too early even for DC. And to be frank, the "Anchorman" exhibit seems to be beneath it. Maybe it is a good way to draw the kids in.

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
Thank Acatchyscreenname
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

6,938 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    5,395
    1,160
    264
    87
    32
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
95 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Wow!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

This museum is a literally like reading the Cliff Notes to the history of the United States. The museum is laid out in a very thoughtful way, offering visitors a lot of opportunities to interact with the exhibits. It's also a very architecturally interesting building. The staff can be found in key areas to engage with visitors and answer questions. We very much enjoyed our visit. The cafe is actually pretty good too for an attraction food venue.

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
Thank DebChip
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Pebble Beach, California
Level Contributor
127 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“My friends said it was great, it was even better.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

There are two lenses through which to see this museum. The first is "news junkie" - revisiting the highlights of historical events over your lifetime. Clearly if you are teenager or younger, the historical events of interest will span a shorter period of time. For someone born in the 50s, this was really interesting.

The second lens is the role of the press in a free society. Regardless of your of your opinion about any bias of the press, it is very clear that freedom of the press is essential to a free society. It is also clear that as much as we complain about press bias these days, the standards of objectivity are hugely superior to what they were when our nation was founded.

The Newseum has lots of excellent video, so when you get tired of standing on your feet, there are places to sit down and watch a video. Every one we saw was excellent. It also has really interesting physical artifacts like the shoes worn by the shoe bomber, the cabin the unabomber lived in, a piece of the communications transmission tower from the World Trade Center, large pieces of the Berlin Wall, etc.

We arrived in the morning and stayed all day. That was about the right amount of time. The Newseum was the highlight of our visit to DC.

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
Thank PebbleBCritic
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Well worth the charge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were here a year or so ago, and while it was pricey (when so many great places are free) this was well worth it if you have any interest in history. A section on the FBI and its pursuit of Dillinger through the interactions and work with other agencies to find Bin Laden was easily an hour or so. Then a section with thousands of front page stories over more than 100 years - available to read on newsprint or electronically for the entire section - could have spent many hours. The headlines for WWII - Pearl Harbor, the war in the Pacific, and on and on. And later, the multiple-story wall with the front pages of so many newspapers on September 12, 2001 - an incredibly well done exhibit. Woukd definitely return for more ...

Visited September 2013
Helpful?
Thank Susan L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Alberta
Level Contributor
62 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“So much more than news!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

Visited Newseum with a group of high school students. We had 3 hours scheduled here, and could barely get them rounded up to leave. They were fascinated by finding news headlines of events they had studied in history class. They were enthralled with historical artefacts like the Berlin Wall and Uni bomber's cabin. There was so much to see and do that everyone found an area that was difficult to leave.
From past to present, Newseum covers it all in a beautiful, multi-level facility. Great gift shop too. Lots of variety and decent prices.

Visited April 2014
Helpful?
Thank Family_Tripster_05
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Newseum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing