The Newseum, the beloved and interactive museum of news and journalism in Washington, D.C., announced yesterday that it will be closing at the end of the year. “After more than 11 years and nearly 10 million visitors,” reads the statement, “the Newseum will close on Dec. 31, 2019. Thank you to everyone who has visited, especially the members, donors and Founding Partners whose support made it all possible.”
I’ve been to the Newseum, and it’s great. I’ll be sad to see it go. The silver lining to this story is that tickets will be 15% off (so $21.21 for one adult) until closing. And after you pay for entry and explore, you can come back the next day for free.
Why is the Newseum closing?
From the statement: “We know visitors love the Newseum (don’t take our word for it; read the TripAdvisor reviews for yourself), but it has struggled financially for a number of years and continuing to operate in our current location has proven unsustainable. In January 2019, we announced an agreement to sell the Newseum building on historic Pennsylvania Avenue to Johns Hopkins University, a premier academic institution, which will use the facility for its D.C.-based graduate programs.”
What’s inside the Newseum?
As I said before, it’s great. Ahead of the Newseum closing, here’s how the museum describes itself:
“The mission of the Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment — religion, speech, press, assembly and petition — apply to their lives.
“Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum has seven levels with 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Exhibits include the 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast, which displays the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center; the Berlin Wall Gallery, whose eight concrete sections are one of the largest displays of the original wall outside Germany; and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, which features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize–winning entry dating back to 1942.”
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