The Newseum is one the most recent additions to the list of museums and cultural institutions scattered about the National Mall. An expansive collection of artifacts from news media outlets around the world brings visitors right to the heart of the institution’s sole focus—to “champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment.”
The seven floors of interactive displays at the Newseum exhibit the institution’s permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions. Among the most notable and impressive artifacts in all of DC are the museum’s group of eight separate concrete sections of the Berlin Wall. Tied into the museum’s discussion of the news media’s role in the unification of Germany, the slabs are relevant, monumental pieces of history. On the domestic front, a permanent 9/11 gallery offers a depiction of the horrific attacks on New York City with first person accounts from journalists who covered the infamous day. Topics for other exhibitions range a great deal from presidents’ dogs to a gallery of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs.
In line with the landscape of the actual media, the Newseum’s collections span beyond print and into the realm of film. Throughout fifteen theatres, short news-oriented movies play during the museum’s open hours offering a look into various aspects of journalistic philosophy and history. Watch shorts like, Hollywood Fact or Fiction narrated by Jack Lemmon and Ron Howard, or Power of the Image narrated by legendary anchor Walter Cronkite.
These films and exhibitions are popular Washington, DC cultural attractions that appeal to grownups and children alike. An interactive and educational institution, the Newseum serves to teach as well as entertain.
Whether you’re traveling with a large group, family, or riding solo, the Newseum has an array of different experiences, tours, and tickets to accommodate your visit. For more information, check out their website here.