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Ranked #17 of 466 things to do in Washington DC
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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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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Easily my most favorite thing on our trip! You have to pay to get in, unlike the Smithsonian Museums, but it is worth every penny. Great look at important events as seen through the media. Very enlightening and the highlight of our trip!

Thank Alex S
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Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

Six levels to explore, our favorites were the Berlin Wall, antenna from World Trade Center, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs. This summer (check with Newseum website for details), kids 18 & younger are free with a paid adult--a good deal as the Newseum, unlike the Smithsonian museums, charges admission. Also enjoyed the 4D movie and The Anchorman exhibit. Allocate at least 2 hours, more if you watch any of the numerous movies. Not as crowded as the Smithsonians, it's a pleasant way to spend some time and learn more about past newsworthy events.

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

We spent five and a half hours here and could have spent longer. Tickets are valid for two days so you do get plenty of time to see it all.

The presentations are multi-media and, apart from the Pulitzer prize winning photographers, are very US focused. We enjoyed this, however, as it provided us with many fascinating insights into recent US history and the role of the media in contributing to that history. It shows how technological developments such as the printing press, radio, TV and the internet have had a profound impact on spreading information and changing human behaviour. And how threatening they are to non-democratic regimes, and to certain groups within democracies.

The building itself is also interesting and there are spectacular views of Capitol Hill and Pennsylvania Avenue from the outside terrace on the sixth floor.

Don't miss the 4D cinematic experience which last 20 minutes and is shown on the hour and at 20 minute intervals thereafter.

Unlike so many museums there are an abundance of very clean rest rooms and these ones have tiles inscribed with unintentionally humourous quotes from the press.

The entire experience is very enjoyable and thought-provoking.

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Is one of the few paid museums in DC but it was definetly worth it, go along friends that like CSI just as much as you do! Wouldnt recommend for small children since not all the items shown are appropiate for young children.

Thank Stephanie M
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

This is an outstanding museum! It provides a deep history of aspects of the world (mostly USA) through the lens of reporting. It explores free speech, free press and the evolution of the methods of how that has changed over time. It is a wonderfully executed set of exhibits with lots of interaction possible and many ways to get engaged. Good for adults and kids. This is our second trip here and there are plenty of parts of it that are updated at least annually. One of the fun exhibits is the front pages of 50 or more newspapers from around the world. It helps provide a perspective of what the world sees in this medium. One weak spot - probably because the money behind it is primarily print and TV - is the world of and fast changes in Internet news. I'm sure they will adapt because they have to get to that generation. I overheard a mom explaining that people used to communicate by typing on a machine that printed each letter on a piece of paper by hitting a metal key against an ink ribbon. It took several times for the kids to understand what she meant even when they were looking at the typewriter. The smart phone world we live in will be a part of Newseum soon. Otherwise it will be Noseeum.

Thank Martin D
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