When it opens on Oct. 15, 2007, the Newseum - a 250,000-square-foot museum of news - will offer visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.
The Newseum will be located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., on America's Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. The exterior's unique architectural features include a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment and an immense front wall of glass through which passers-by will be able to watch the museum fulfilling its mission of providing a forum where the media and the public can gain a better understanding of each other.
The Newseum will feature seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services. It will offer a unique environment that takes museumgoers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.
"The visitor will come away with a better understanding of news and the important role it plays in all of our lives," said Newseum Executive Director and Senior Vice President Joe Urschel. "The new Newseum will be educational, inspirational and a whole lot of fun."
Galleries and Exhibits
The Newseum features 14 main exhibition galleries exploring news history, electronic news, photojournalism, world news and how the media have covered major historical events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Newseum does not provide on-site visitor parking. Public parking garages are available nearby. Rates and hours of operation vary.
Live Among Landmarks:
On historic Pennsylvania Avenue, halfway between the U.S. Capitol and the White House, stands the Newseum, an extraordinary structure that goes behind the scenes of the story of a free press, the cornerstone of our democracy.
In the same sleek and sophisticated building, across America's Main Street from the National Mall, is a select group of superlative urban living spaces: the Newseum Residences. These luxurious apartment homes offer unabridged access to the best of Washington - as well as stirring views of this city of landmarks.