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The Newseum’s mission is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through exhibits, public programs and education. Established and supported in part by the Freedom Forum, the Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations.
The dynamic, engaging and interactive Newseum allows visitors to experience the stories of yesterday and today through the eyes of the media while celebrating the freedoms guaranteed to all Americans by the First Amendment.
From the modern building located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, to the state-of-the-art theaters, exhibits and hands-on activities located inside, a visit will quickly show why TripAdvisor users rated the Newseum as a “Traveler’s Choice Top 25 Museum in the U.S.”
The Newseum also has become an important forum for debate and dialog about important issues of the day and a nonpartisan place to explore the principles on which America is built.
Education initiatives at the Newseum include visits by school groups and a variety of onsite classes and workshops that meet national standards of learning, including Common Core. The Digital Classroom, which comprises primary sources, interactives, videos and lesson plans, is accessed by educators and students around the world. More than 1.5 million students are impacted by the Newseum’s education programs each year.
The Newseum Institute serves as a forum for First Amendment study, exploration and education promoted through diverse initiatives such as the First Amendment Center, The Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference, and the Religious Freedom Center.
Standing between the U.S. Capitol and the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue and featuring dramatic vistas of Washington, D.C., the Newseum has become one of the most sought-after venues in the area for conferences, weddings, movie premieres and special events. And with multiple state-of-the-art studios in house, programs of all kinds are broadcast around the world from the Newseum each week.
There has been no time in American history when the importance of the First Amendment was more crucial to protecting our way of life. Through the museum in Washington, D.C., public programs and education initiatives, the Newseum’s board, staff, volunteers, donors and corporate partners are working together to make sure the First Amendment remains strong and protected, both today and for future generations of Americans.