FAQ

Hosting an Event

The Newseum has a state-of-the-art Knight Conference Center located on Levels 7 and 8, with commanding views of the U.S. Capitol, National Mall and surrounding museums. Additional spaces within the Newseum’s seven levels of galleries, exhibits and a 90-foot-high atrium can be rented for daytime and evening events.

Yes, but the Newseum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to midnight, or later upon prior request.

Newseum operating hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Setup for evening events can begin after closing at 5 p.m., and events may begin at 6:30 pm. Depending upon visitation on any given day, some pre-setup can begin earlier. All events must end by midnight, or later upon prior request. Please refer to event guidelines.

The Newseum does not provide on-site visitor parking. We are happy to assist you with selecting a local valet service, subject to final approval by the Newseum and Wolfgang Puck Catering.

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.

Yes. A limited number of wheelchairs, scooters and walking aids are available on a first come, first-served basis. The Newseum also is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

No. Wolfgang Puck Catering is the exclusive caterer for food, beverages and services at the Newseum.

Yes. Please review our event guidelines. We are happy to provide you with a list of recommended vendors. All vendors must be approved in advance by the Newseum and Wolfgang Puck Catering. Balloons are not permitted in the atrium.

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

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.

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).

The Newseum includes state-of-the-art technology, audiovisual resources and lighting services. All additional labor and services are at very competitive rates. If our staff is unable to accommodate your needs, we will suggest outside vendors that have worked here successfully for other clients. You may select your own outside vendor as well, but please note that all vendors are subject to approval by the Newseum’s Technical Operations department.

Yes. We encourage you to select your own videographer and photographer. Please note that all outside vendors must be approved in advance by the Newseum. We are delighted to recommend our local partners.

Each conference room on Levels 7 and 8 is outfitted with the following:

  • Monitor or screen (Sizes vary in each meeting room)
  • Free wireless password protected Internet access
  • Podium and microphones

For a detailed list of equipment and the many services available for each space, please contact Newseum Technical Operations at 202/292-6277.

Yes. There will be an additional charge based on the size of the group.

Yes. Upon request, we will provide attendees with complimentary tickets that are valid for two consecutive days.

Smoking is strictly prohibited in interior spaces. Smoking is permitted on outside terraces.

Yes. The Newseum sales team can provide this information based on the rental location.

Yes. Some items, such as motor vehicles, require removal of doors for access into the Newseum. There is a $1,500 fee to remove and replace doors.

Yes. Typically, wedding ceremonies are performed on one of our terraces, weather permitting, or in a separate interior space. Additionally, the 8th floor terrace of the Knight Conference Center can be tented. A Wolfgang Puck Catering manager can provide pricing options for tenting the space.

No. Signs may be placed throughout pre-function and event spaces, including the lobby area. Additionally, branding can be placed in the elevators. Banners can be hung in certain areas of the Newseum and the Knight Conference Center, and branded gobo lighting can be created by our technical operations crew. We also require that your signage state the location of your event (for example, Knight Conference Center, or Newseum).

No. All rates are standard.

Yes. The Newseum’s Knight TV Studio does not have a food and beverage requirement. We can set up food and beverages in the back hallway or remove the bleachers to place rounds for a seated meal. There is a small labor fee for tearing down and removing the bleachers.

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.

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.

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.)

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