Newseum: a Museum of News & History

The Newseum — a 250,000-square-foot museum of news and history — offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. Within its seven levels of galleries, theaters, two state-of-the-art broadcast studios, and dozens of interactive activities, the Newseum offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. The Newseum has ranked as one of the top attractions in Washington, D.C. since it opened in 2008. Some visitors’ favorites include:

  • *A 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment.
  • *The Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, which boasts the most comprehensive collection of prize-winning photographs.
  • *The News Corp. News History Gallery, where 500 years of newspaper front pages create a timeline of history as news.
  • *The Berlin Wall Gallery, where visitors can stand beneath eight 12-foot-tall concrete sections of the original wall and a three-story guard tower.
  • *The NBC News Interactive Newsroom, which provides fun for the whole family with news-themed games and the chance to give a live report on camera.
  • *I-Witness!, a 4-D time-travel adventure movie about three inspiring journalists and their impact on history.

Online News Resources

Lesson Plans – The Newseum offers lesson plans for elementary, middle school, and high school in three main areas: Headlines of History, Journalism, and the First Amendment.

Today’s Front Pages – Through a special agreement with more than 800 newspapers worldwide, the Newseum displays hundreds of front pages in their original form each day on its website. View the gallery, sort by region, or see a list of participating newspapers.

Top Ten – Each weekday, the Newseum chooses the Top Ten most interesting front pages from among the hundreds of newspapers received that morning. On various days, the selections may focus on dramatic headlines or sensational photos or innovative design. On weekends, Saturday is reserved for U.S. front pages from the ten most populous states, and English-language newspapers from around the globe are the focus on Sunday.

Archives – The Newseum keeps an archive of national and international front pages that chronicle events of historical significance. Click on a link to view the collection of front pages from a particular event.

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