Learning Center Offerings

Learning Center OfferingsThe Newseum offers national standards-linked, educator-led classes at no additional charge for students in grades three through University throughout the school year. Classes must be requested at least one week in advance.

Media Literacy Classes

Learn the skills and knowledge news producers and consumers need to exercise their rights as protected by the First Amendment.

Civics Classes

These classes give students a deeper understanding of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.

History Classes

These classes draw from the Newseum’s vast collection of historical newspapers, newsreels and artifacts to bring events to life.

Virtual Classes

Our most popular media literacy and First Amendment classes are available virtually in your school. All classes are free of charge.

Professional Development

Workshops for teachers provide resources and strategies to take into their own classrooms.


Classes are offered Monday-Friday at the following times.Unless otherwise noted, classes are 50 minutes long.

  • 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Learning Center
  • 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. in the Documentary Theater

Most classes require a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 36 students in the Learning Center classroom or 100 students in the Documentary Theater. Groups larger than the class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availability. We appreciate hands on assistance from chaperones when needed.

Lesson Plans: Pre- and post-visit lessons and activities to augment your students’ experience can be downloaded from our Resources section.

Cancellation: When a school fails to appear for its scheduled Newseum class, it prevents other schools from using that slot. Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.