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Newseum
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$24.27*
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Admission to Washington DC Newseum
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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.
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Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Must-see in DC”
Reviewed August 1, 2010

I've been to all the major museums on the mall, and this one is my new favorite. This museum has so much to offer--whether or not you are a news junkie. The pulitzer prize photo gallery was a gripping and emotional experience, as was the section devoted to 9/11. I especially loved the fourth floor gallery of front pages throughout history. Three hours was not enough. Take a day and absorb it all. I can't wait to go back.

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“One of our most favorite places we visited in DC”
Reviewed July 25, 2010

The Newseum is hard to explain in words. It is a fantastic new museum which highlights how news has captured and high lighted the most important events in our history. Everything from landing on the moon, to the assassination of JFK to 9/11, everything from newspapers, to the internet to television has brought us these events as they unfold. The Newseum is an amazing look back at these moments and so many more. It makes you stop and realize how much we have experienced in our lifetimes. Another great thing about this place is that it is a beautiful building architecturally which is a nice change compared to many of the DC museums which are really showing their age. This is a must see when you visit Washington, DC!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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“Exceptional”
Reviewed July 25, 2010

Wish I could have spent 2 days here. It was a great visit. Also, the staff were very helpful.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Do not miss this tribute to Ned gathering...”
Reviewed July 22, 2010

Do not miss this tribute to Ned gathering and free speech! Adults and children alike will find this both fascinating and educational. The tribute to historical news coverage of the september 11th events is awe inspiring and moving beyond words. Editorial cartoonists and sports photographers are also featured with incredible , noteworthy exhibits.

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St. Louis, Mo
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“You can't see this stuff anywhere else in DC!”
Reviewed July 20, 2010

What a cool museum! The Newseum is not part of the Smithsonian so there’s a $20 entrance fee, but it’s well worth it. Fortunately, the day we went, kids got in free, and I used my AAA card to get $2 off the adult tickets. We ended up paying $34 (instead of $66) for the four of us.

We arrived first thing on a Monday morning, and that was probably the best plan I made for our entire DC vacation because the museum was nearly empty for our entire visit. We started in one of the Orientation Theaters where we saw a short introductory film pointing out the importance of the media in American life. After that, we saw a giant section of the Berlin Wall and checked out the sports photography exhibit.

There was an excellent temporary exhibit called G-Men, that explained events like the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Unabomber (including his actual cabin!), the OKC bombing, Dillinger’s demise and John Gotti’s trial. The 9/11 and Tim Russert exhibits were incredibly moving, and we had a blast browsing though all of the newspaper headlines from the last 100 years. The Newseum has a ton of short films on everything from media bias to the greatest moments in sports history. We spent some time on the balcony taking panoramic pictures, and then headed down to the free 4D movie. It’s a good thing that movie was free because it was simply awful- cheesy randomness at its best! Before we left, my 11-year-old had the chance to pretend to be a sports announcer on camera. She had a blast reading her lines in front of the green screen. They give you a receipt so you can view or purchase the video online when you get home.

The only real complaint I have is that the cafeteria was insanely overpriced (the norm for DC I suppose)! My advice is to skip eating inside and check out the several delis and restaurants just a block away. We had a great meal at the Penn Quarter Sports Tavern on Indiana. Also, the Newseum is very modern and somewhat spread out. It was a bit difficult to figure out where everything was located. I’d imagine this would be great with crowds, but with the Newseum practically empty, it felt like we spent a lot of time walking up and down steps, escalators and elevators between exhibits.

The Newseum has some very disturbing images, so it’s not really a place for kids under 10, but I think it’s a must-see for anyone with teenagers. Plan to spend at least 3 hours checking out the exhibits. We could have spent another 2 or 3 hours checking out more, but felt we got our $34 worth and moved on for the day.

Also, if you’re worried about the Newseum being a shrine to the liberal media; don’t be. They even had the reporter who broke the Lewinsky story’s notebook on display!

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