Ten years ago today, on April 11, 2008, the Newseum opened its doors to a line of visitors that stretched six blocks, nearly reaching the Capitol building. More than 10,000 visitors poured through our doors that day to see Washington D.C.’s newest attraction, “The World’s Most Interactive Museum.”
Freedom Forum founder, the late Al Neuharth and a team of Newseum executives led a countdown to the grand opening in front of the new landmark building located at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W. A five-story tall newspaper front page with the banner headline “Newseum Opens” was dropped from the upper floors of the building to the cheers of the crowd below.
The Newseum’s mission, to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment, is executed through its exciting exhibits and programs. In addition to new exhibits such as “1968: Civil Rights at 50” and “The Marines and Tet,” visitors today can still see the same popular exhibits that opened in 2008, including the Berlin Wall Gallery, the 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery. In the last 10 years, more than eight million people have toured the Newseum.
NewseumED, an online learning platform for teachers and students, reaches more than 10 million students annually in classrooms throughout the world. The Newseum Institute, the programs and outreach partner of the Newseum, regularly hosts compelling programs that debate the most pressing issues of our time, including the role of a free press in a democracy, ongoing threats to journalists, and the significance of religious freedom in a pluralistic society.