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“Excellent museum for all ages!”
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Ranked #17 of 466 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 5 November 2012

We just returned from a school trip to Washington, D.C. We had several adults ranging in age from about 35-65, and middle schoolers in sixth through eighth grade. EVERYONE in our group enjoyed this museum!!! We had only been allotted about 2 hours by our tour group, and everyone said they could have spent a good deal more time there. I personally only had the opportunity to see about 1/2 of the Newseum in that 2 hrs. Our favorite displays were the Pulitzer Prize winning photos and the front pages. Well worth a visit!

Thank nativenyOhio
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Great place to visit! Loved the interactive opportunities and the sense of history the museum provides

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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Surprisingly good (although not on a par with the Air & Space) with very interesting exhibits (they even have Unabombers hut!). Pulitizer prize winning photos (with attached explanations) are very powerful.

Thank A T
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

This is a fabulous museum that all will enjoy and be moved by. The exhibits are very current and bring the news of the day right in front of your eyes! Excellent exhibits; powerfully displayed; great view of Capitol Hill from the terrace; moving Pulitzer Prize photograph exhibit. A must visit museum!

Thank bear003
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

The Newseum's concept - a museum about the news, may sound boring, but it is far from that! I allotted three hours thinking that would be more than enough, but I was totally wrong. If you go, allow at least six hours, especially if you want to do any of the wonderful interactive things. Highlights of this museum are - an actual section of the Berlin wall, the Unabomber's cabin and his shoes (this is on display in the FBI exhibit, which has a host of interesting information and objects), the infamous Watergate door, the actual "Dewey Defeats Truman" newspaper, a Sports Theater (where you can see some of the greatest moments in sports history) and the mangled World Trade Center antenna.

There is an outside terrace overlooking Pennsylvania Ave. with a fantastic view of the city and the history of that famous street is recounted in words and photographs. Don't miss "I Witness", a 4-D film experience and the 911 exhibit and film. There are many interactive things in the museum for children and adults alike - I didn't have time to do it, but I did watch for a bit in the Interactive Newsroom. You can actually be a reporter and give a live news update on camera (they provide you with the appropriate background and script). The front of the museum has the day's headlines in newspapers from all over the world, it is interesting to see various perspectives on world events.
I learned a lot in my short time there, including how television changed the face of the news forever. The Nixon-Kennedy debates occurred when many families were switching over from radio to TV. After the debates, the people who only heard the debate on radio thought Nixon had won and the people who watched the TV broadcast thought Kennedy had won. This was because Kennedy was handsome and charismatic, while Nixon was not.

The staff here are friendly, plentiful and extremely helpful in planning your visit if you are on a time-frame. I can't wait to go back, it was that good! Much better than anything at the Smithsonian.

Thank Lynn B
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