The Newseum is one of D.C.’s top attractions. The popular permanent exhibits, such as the Interactive Newroom and the Pulitzer Prize Photo Gallery, revolve around news and journalism. There are 15 theaters, 15 galleries, and hands-on exhibits that allow interaction from visitors. A series of new 2014 exhibits are now delving into further into different histories of American news and media.
For those who have seen the hilarious comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” and its sequel “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” Newseum has included an exhibit that features costumes, props, and footage from these films. “Anchorman: The Exhibit” is on display until August 31, 2014.
The “1964: Civil Rights at 50” exhibit includes important events from the Civil Rights movement, as 2014 marks the 50-year anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Visitors can explore the powerful photographs taken by photojournalist Ted Polumbaum. The exhibit is on display throughout 2014.
The exhibit “Creating Camelot” focuses on the life of John F. Kennedy and is on display until March 16, 2014. The exhibit includes special and rare photographs of JFK and his family. In addition, the exhibit includes the documentary “A Thousand Words” about the newsworthy highlights of JFK’s life.
The Newseum is engaging and fun, but it is also educational. The museum offers classes and tours for students. Field trips can also be scheduled, and DC metro area schools receive free student admission. The Newseum even has internships, which offer great opportunities to journalists and newscasters in the making.
The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ticket prices for Adults (19 to 64) are $22.95 plus tax. Senior citizens (65 and older) are $18.95 plus tax. Youth (7 to 18) are $13.95 plus tax. Children are free. If you return the next day to continue exploring the massive six-floor information trove, the second day is free. Check out for more information and also online exhibits and virtual tours at the Newseum website, http://www.newseum.org/index.html.
Article by Ngozi Nwanji, MoCo Student staff writer