000A. THE PRIVATE MUSEUMS - The Newseum 4.15.15 JPG

 

 

 

One of the most intriguing museums along Pennsylvania Avenue’s row of cultural and architectural treasures in Washington, DC is the “Newseum”. Committed news junkies as well as the general public of all ages can look forward to indulging in the many interactive displays of news coverage dating as far back as the information on a 3,264-year-old Sumerian cuneiform brick to the very latest up-to-the-second breaking news and social media reports.

Designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, the 7-level, 250,000-square-foot space, located between the US Capitol building and the White House, opened its doors to great acclaim in 2008. It was founded by several of the world’s largest media conglomerates, the Freedom Foundation, that is “dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people”, and many high technology corporations. It is easy to completely lose oneself in the Newseum’s 15 theaters, which include a 4D theater, and 14 galleries, each focused on a different era of major news events. High Definition television studios host live news broadcasts and it is home to Al Jazeera America’s DC bureau.

News gathering begins on the Newseum’s Concourse Level where large sections of the former Berlin Wall are located and where its rise and fall can be witnessed on the many wall video monitors that surround them. A large exhibit of comic books can bring back many childhood memories as does a wonderful series of seventy public and private moments of John F. Kennedy and his family taken by Jacques Lowe, his private photographer. There is a special history of the Federal Bureau of Investigation section that is most intense in its details.

Hours can be spent among the displays of the four-day, non-stop media coverage of the assassination of President Kennedy and his state funeral. Visitors scour the 80 front pages in the “Today’s Front Pages Gallery” that are changed daily, in search of their local publications.   There are 984 historic front pages to view; coverage of students involved in the Civil Rights movement; the 9/11 Gallery; Pulitzer Prize-winning photography, and a Journalists’ Memorial dedicated to the more than 2000 journalists who died “in the line of duty”.

It is usually closing time before visitors manage to see everything that relates to that particular day’s visit since many displays change daily and there are new special exhibitions every few months that ensure that each Newseum visit is unique.

Address: 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (202) 292-6100   www. Newseum.org

 

Hours: Daily: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

Admission: Adults: $24. Seniors: $20. Youth: $14.75

                   (All tickets are valid for admission on 2 consecutive days)

 





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