FAQ

General (20)

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Yes. We recommend that all groups begin their tour with an four-minute orientation film that explains the Newseum’s numerous exhibits, galleries and programs.

The Archives/Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter station on the Green and Yellow Lines is approximately two blocks away. The Gallery Place and Judiciary Square stations on the Red Line are approximately four and two blocks away, respectively. See map

Yes. The group entrance is located on C Street at the back of the building. Groups will be greeted on the bus by a Newseum representative, who will check in the group, locate tickets and welcome you to the museum.

Bus parking is not available. Suggestions for designated bus parking are available on the WCTC website at: www.washington.org.

Yes. All visitors to the Newseum must go through security — the first stop upon arrival. Guns, knives and lighters are prohibited. Outside food and beverages may not be consumed in the Newseum. Please discard chewing gum before entering the building.

A limited number of wheelchairs, scooters and walking aids are available on a first come, first-served basis.

Press Pass Membership (10)

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Yes. We will extend your membership for an additional year from the date of upgrade.

No. Press Pass annual memberships are available to everyone.

All Press Pass members will receive their new cards by mail within four weeks of renewing or joining. If you choose to visit before receiving your card, visit the admissions desk to receive a temporary membership card.

If you forget your Press Pass card during a Newseum visit, simply present your driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification at the admission desk.

Press Pass is the name of the Newseum’s annual membership program that is available to all members of the public — not just members of the press.

No. Press Pass cards can be used only by the cardholder.

Today’s Front Pages (12)

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The Newseum has a special agreement with newspaper companies that allows it to display their front pages every day. The Newseum does not own these front pages — each newspaper holds the copyright to its own front page — and U.S. copyright laws apply. Anyone seeking permission to use a front page for personal reasons must contact the newspaper directly. You can learn more about copyright laws and “fair use” at www.copyright.gov.

Selections for the Top 10 are at each of the daily editor’s discretion and may focus on headlines, photos, innovative design or something else that elevates the front pages above the rest.

A different editor chooses the Top 10 each day. A front page that is consistently interesting may end up being selected more than once in a week. The editors independently peruse the front pages to determine his or her selections.

All general-interest newspapers are invited to participate. The front pages in our display are sent voluntarily from each newspaper. Some newspapers do not have the technological capability of transmitting their front pages electronically in the required format. Others choose not to participate.

A portion of the front pages we receive each morning is included in our Front Pages exhibit at the Newseum. However, all of the 800 or more front pages received are included in that day’s online exhibit. If you don’t see a particular newspaper that was previously posted, the newspaper simply may not have submitted that day’s front page, or there may have been a technical problem with the electronic transmission.

We encourage new contributions from newspapers in underrepresented geographic areas. If you represent such a newspaper, write us at frontpages@newseum.org.

Hosting an Event (28)

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No.  If you require special meals, please discuss your requirements with the catering manager at Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Yes. Since we have several entrances to the Newseum and the Knight Conference Center, all draft invitations must be sent to Pam Galloway-Tabb for approval. Our goal is not to rewrite your invitation but to ensure that your guests are given the correct address and entrance for your event. Events held in the Knight Conference Center will have different directional information than events held in the Newseum. PLEASE DO NOT SEND OUT INVITATIONS BEFORE THEY ARE APPROVED.

The Newseum can hold a date for a limited time without a deposit. A 50 percent nonrefundable deposit for the room fee, and 50 percent of the estimated food and beverage cost, is due upon signing the contract.

Yes. Since our goal is to keep unauthorized guests from attending events, we require clients to have a staff member in the Freedom Forum lobby to register guests.

No. Prepayment is due 10 business days by check and credit card, and five business days by credit card only, prior to the event. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Discover. A deposit is also required at the signing of the contract (50 percent rental fee and 50 percent F&B).

Any changes in menu, labor or equipment items MUST be submitted to the Wolfgang Puck catering manager within three business days before the event. Any changes made after that will incur additional charges. (Please note that any changes made closer than three days to an event will be considered but are not guaranteed.)

Volunteer (10)

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Twice a year, in spring and autumn.

You must be at least 16 to volunteer.

Absolutely! You must meet the same requirements including age and time commitments as other volunteers.

Thank you so much for your interest, however, given the training requirements, a short volunteering assignment is not feasible.

All applicants 18 or older must successfully complete criminal and credit background checks.

Unpaid internships are occasionally available in various Newseum departments. Check for internship openings.

Bequests to the Newseum (7)

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555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20001

Yes, the Newseum is a 501(c)3 public charity.

Yes, but we encourage you to discuss your plans with us in advance to ensure that your wishes may be carried out. The Newseum may decline a bequest that is too restrictive in nature or whose structure falls outside the purposes, bylaws or procedures of the Newseum.

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