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    The Pulitzer Prize photo gallery could be a worthy museum in and of itself. Between that and the 9/11 exhibit (they even have the World Trade Center antenna on display,) you’d better wear waterproof mascara. You could easily spend a full day here, which is why the admission covers two days for one price. For kids (and fun-loving adults,) the best part is the “be a news anchor” interactive exhibit and finding your videos on YouTube afterwards. Definitely worth a trip!

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    Newseum is a museum dedicated to the news and they do a fantastic job documenting it. If you are even vaguely aware of and interested in media, this is the place to go. While not free, Newseum is worth the money and you can usually find a coupon in many of the free hotel magazines or advertisements for tourists. The exhibits are moving and really capture a time. See the Berlin Wall, get up close and personal with The Kennedys, and see the daily newspapers of every single state.

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    Loved it. Went for Free Museum Day 2014 and was excited when I saw it opened at 9am! so I could get my day started early. Good thing too, but I didn’t get out until almost 2! There are six very interactive floors, 4D movie and several movies theaters throughout. You can even stand in and perform a news cast on green screen with prompt reader and everything. Plus, any museum that idolizes Ron Burgundy is perfection.Neighborhood is great and it’s easy to find. There’s a cafe on the lowest floor, which looked to be pretty crowded around lunch time, but as we were walking on the third floor (I think) there’s a patio off a small lunch room with small kiosk with sandwiches. I don’t think anyone realized it was open to the public because the flyer said catered lunch, and maybe it was a weekend deal, but it was perfection to sit alone on the patio instead of in a crowded lunchroom. So keep an eye out for it.Nice balcony on the 6th floor too with a great view. And that’s where they post front pages from newspapers all over the country and world DAILY! That’s dedication to news.With regular tickets for adults around $25, getting the Free Museum Day voucher was a steal. Also all tickets are also good for the following day, so come back if it’s too long to fit in one day, or pass them along to a friend. There is a coat check if needed and there is security. Food and souvenir prices as expected for a museum.

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    There are three fundamental problems with the exhibits in the Newseum:(1) They conflate the heroism of the people in the news with the heroism of the people covering the news. The entire section on the Civil Rights Movement is outstanding, but it says nothing about the history of journalism. Many other exhibits are just silly and unrelated to journalism in any way, e.g. “first dogs.” The Edward R. Murrow exhibit is by far the best exhibit for relating a true history of journalism.(2) The documentary on “bias in journalism” is itself extraordinarily biased! It presents as an uncontested fact that there is a liberal bias in the media. Brian Williams is quoted as setting up a straw man argument with a fabricated story about a journalist referring differently in language about Gingrich and Kennedy. Bret Hume “proves” that the news media is liberal by contending that most reporters are liberal. But this says nothing about whether their reporting is biased. And this comes from one of the most biased “reporters” on television. News Corp’s fingerprints are all over this travesty of an “exhibit.”(3) Many exhibits fail to distinguish between real news coverage and the tendency of some reporters to simply accept unvarnished propaganda. The most obvious example of this is the prominent display of the toppling of Hussein’s statue in Baghdad, a clearly stage media event and not an actual news event. Amazingly poor presentation for a “news museum.”

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    Worth taking at least a 1/2 day to full day to see. This history of news, how it is reported and the major stories of modern history. Using multimedia to community the information and including how Social Media has been part of modern news. Nice cafeteria and gift shop. Their is a studio that broadcast from there with the Capitol in the background. My late Father wanted to go to the old location of the Newseum in VA and I am so glad I went with him to see if for he was not able to get to the new location. Growing up in Washington DC it was interesting to see headlines from the 70ies that I remember seeing first hand growing up. It also reminded me of the importance of the First Amendment in relationship to freedom of speech. It reminded me of how much of war and tragedy defines breaking news with a few highlight like landing on the moon. This reminds me of our personal responsibility to seek out the good news in the world to keep up our own positive attitude.