Newseum also referred to as ‘the Museum of News’ is a high-tech museum in Washington, DC. It is located between the US Capitol and the White House. A seven-level interactive museum, it has in store some of the best attractions for tourists. Apart from offering 15 theaters to 14 major galleries, it also gives visitors an opportunity to experience 4-D time travel.
However, the most eye-catching thing about the museum is that it traces the news history, photojournalism, electronic news, world news and how historical events have been covered by media from 16th century till date. The news history consists of huge galleries with a collection of more than 30,000 historic newspapers.
There is a First Amendment Gallery that examines speech, press, petition and freedom of religion with the help of various media. The World News Gallery takes a comprehensive look at the threats that surround the reporters across the globe when they are trying to report news. The Berlin Wall Gallery examines the important part played by media in the history of the Berlin Wall. Apart from these, other popular galleries include 9/11 Gallery, Changing Exhibits, Pulitzer Prize winning photographs, Today’s Front Pages and the like. The main aim of displaying such galleries is to make the public aware of how important the free press has become in a democratic society.
Further, after you are done up with the galleries, you can have fun by getting a chance to role play in The Interactive Newsroom. You can play the role of an anchor or try your skills as a journalist, a reporter etc.
In case you feel hungry, there is a food court and a dining restaurant. Also, if you are interested in buying news related stuff, you can do some shopping in the gift shops. Visitors also ensure that they do not leave the place without getting a sight of the building of the US Capitol from the Pennsylvania Avenue Terrace. While you are here you can also view the National Archives, the Washington Monument, the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian museums. Time and again this avenue has been chosen for important events like presidential inauguration parades and protests. Thus, when in Washington, a visit to the Newseum is a different kind of experience.