The news media is your connection to fellow human beings, be they rocketing to the moon or hiding in their attics. See how history is captured with today's Groupon: for $10, you get one general admission ticket to the Newseum (a $19.95 value). A general admission ticket is valid two consecutive days.
With a wealth of news-based exhibits, the 250,000-square-foot Newseum educates journalism junkies with theaters, historic papers, and tons of artifacts—all behind the exterior’s 74-foot marble engraving of the first amendment. Learn what it’s like to be a TV reporter when you step in front of the camera with a microphone in the NBC News Interactive Newsroom, and check out close-up views of historic headlines about Jesse James and other notorious newsmakers in the News Corporation News History Gallery. Aspiring Connie Chungs can bring a notebook to record their thoughts as they peruse the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, full of evocative photos that capture the history's heroism and tragedy in the clearest way possible until moving photographs were invented. Survey eight 12-foot-tall concrete sections of the Berlin Wall and other influential artifacts, such as a ballot box from the 1994 South African elections, which ended apartheid, and the door from the Watergate office break-in.
Current special exhibits include the immensely popular First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets, which showcases patriotic pets from Bo, President Obama’s Portuguese water dog, to Dr. Doom, the owl constantly perched on President Nixon’s shoulder. The Covering Katrina exhibit relates the stirring tale of how two newspapers continued to cover the storm while in its direct path, while the Elvis! exhibit explores how the King of Rock was portrayed in the media and displays his iconic 1957 Harley. And museum browsers can take a break from arguing with their editor at The Source, the first District eatery opened by renowned restaurateur Wolfgang Puck.
The Washington Post reviewed the Newseum. The New York Times and USA Today featured the museum. More than 100 TripAdvisors give it an average of 4.5 owl eyes, and it is listed at the ninth most popular attraction in Washington, D.C..
- In short, the seven-story institution could arguably be said to offer a different experience every time you visit. – Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post
- … The Newseum is an appealing example of how a museum can both teach and entertain with clever use of images, interactive displays and compact explanations that will repay serious reading while offering edutainment to the many schoolchildren expected to visit. – Edward Rothstein, New York Times