I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the Newseum over the holidays with Jason, my future father-in-law and stepmother-in-law and their brilliant grandson Liam (ask him what his favorite element is).
The only thing I knew about the Newseum is that my mom and I made the decision not to go there during our visit to DC in October 2011 – electing to check out the new MLK memorial, visit Lincoln, walk the mall, and make happy hour instead. Even though happy hour was pretty great, we missed out by not visiting the Newseum that trip. I could have stayed all day!
The mission of The Newseum is to educate the public about the value of a free press in a free society and to tell stories of the world’s important events in unique and engaging ways.
The building itself is pretty impressive. A façade featuring a “window to the world” looking out on Pennsylvania Avenue and the National Mall and a four story stone panel with the first Amendment on it. The architect for the building is James Stewart Polshek, who designed the amazing Rose Center for Earth and Space with Todd Schliemann at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
My favorite exhibit was the “News Corporation History Gallery” where they have original newspapers from many of the most important days of the country including the Pearl Harbor attacks, the death of Hitler, the Gettysburg Address, JFK’s assassination, and many, many more.
Also cool was the Newseum’s Berlin Wall Gallery includes the largest display of sections of the Berlin Wall outside of Germany. Here is a photo of a watch tower and part of the wall:
If you find yourself in DC, pay the Newseum a visit. I don’t think you will be disappointed! What is your must-visit museum – in DC or elsewhere?