Located in Washington, D.C., the Newseum is a museum that is dedicated to promoting and expressing the freedoms that are featured in the First Amendment of the Constitution, as well as the history and evolution of communication and related technologies.
In 2000, the Virginia-based organization and facility known as the Freedom Forum, planned to move the Newseum to Washington, D.C. The Freedom Forum used this museum as a way to promote and educate people about the First Amendment and the freedoms that come from that amendment.
In October 2002, the Freedom Forum’s founder, Al Neuharth, as well as a few executives, opened the Newseum on historic Pennsylvania Avenue. One of the most notable elements of the Newseum include the First Amendment inscribed on a pink marble tablet that is located on the front of the building.
The Newseum has an array of permanent attractions spread out across their multi-level museum.. Some of the highlighted permanent attractions include:
Hank Greenspun Terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue is located on the Museum’s sixth floor and features a panoramic view of Pennsylvania Avenue. Below, visitors can look down at the famous street and historic Washington, D.C.
Journalists Memorial is a memorial dedicated to reporters, editors, broadcasters, photographers, and any other type of reporter who lost their life while doing their job. The names of these reports are inscribed on two large glass structures, as well as other kiosks and panels.
Cox Enterprises First Amendment Gallery explains and provides examples for the rights of the First Amendment. Each of the five freedoms addressed in the First Amendment is showcased through a historical moment.
CONUS 1 Satellite Truck is the satellite truck that changed how local stations would produce and report local news. The CONUS 1 truck as created by Hubbard Broadcasting and CONUS Communications in 1984.
Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery showcases how electronic media has evolved and changed throughout the ages. One of the highlights of this gallery is the Edward R. Murrow exhibit that features the CBS News broadcaster reflecting on his career.
Berlin Wall Gallery displays eight sections from the original Berlin Wall, which was taken down. This exhibit reflects how the combination of information and news helped the destruction of the Berlin Wall.
In addition to the wide variety of permanent attractions, the Newseum regularly displays a variety of special attractions throughout the year. In order to find an updated list of special attractions at the Newseum, check out the Newseum’s official website.
Annenberg Space for Photography’s Refugee showcases photographs from five critically acclaimed photographers: Lynsey Addario, Tom Stoddart, Martin Schoeller, Graciela Iturbide, and Omar Victor Diop. Each of those photographers have traveled to various places on earth to photograph and depict what life is like for diverse, dispersed, and displaced people. Specifically, this exhibit chronicles the experiences and lifestyle of refugees. Annenberg Space for Photography’s Refugee will be on display until March 12, 2017.
1967: Civil Rights at 50 chronicles the fight and struggle for racial justice and equality in 1967. Throughout this exhibit, objects and documents showcase how African Americans utilized First Amendment freedoms to demand change. 1967: Civil Rights at 50 will be on display until January 2, 2018.
Education is extremely important to the Newseum. That’s why the Newseum has an entire website dedicated to providing people with free educational opportunities. Titles newseumed.org, the website has a ton of free resources that can be used as learning tools to gain knowledge and insight about the First Amendment and media literacy. Some of the resources on the Newseum education website include; activities, lesson plans, primary sources, interactive webpages, and latest news topics.
In addition to their education website, the Newseum offers a variety of educational opportunities on-site. These educational programs are available to students, educators, and professionals. General visitors and field trips are welcome to download one of their various activity guides to fully engage and get the most out of their visit at the museum. Aside from the variety of activity guides, the Newseum offers various classes including:
Fighting Fake News Class allows students to learn the signs of fake news and what they can do to combat it.
Media Ethics for Educators teaches educators a variety of ethics used in journalism, and how they can in turn teach these ethics efficiently to their students.
For more information about any of the educational opportunities at the Newseum, check out the Newseum’s official website, or visit or contact them during their hours of operation.
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., USA, Phone: 202-969-3037