FAQ

Inauguration Day 2017

The Newseum has a number of viewing locations that will be ideal for watching the parade, including the glass-enclosed staircase facing Pennsylvania Avenue, the 3rd and 4th floor bridges on the front of the building and the VIP lounge. Additionally, the inauguration and the parade will be shown on the big screen in the New York Times Great Hall. Due to increased security around the parade route, outdoor Newseum terraces will not be open to guests.

We aim to provide a premium experience for our guests throughout the day, including buffets by Wolfgang Puck Catering, open bars and interesting programming and activities. There are a limited number of tickets available for the event to ensure a high-level experience.

No, but there are a variety of spaces to see the festivities throughout the building! We are intentionally limiting the number of tickets sold so that the space is not too crowded. Additionally, all the Newseum galleries will be open and there will be programming throughout the day.

Due to security parameters, guests will enter the Newseum on C Street. You will be mailed a packet before the event with information pertaining to your specific entry point.

You will receive an inauguration lanyard in the mail prior to the event. You must bring this lanyard with you to enter the Newseum. No exceptions will be made.

No chairs, backpacks, coolers, large objects, posters, signs, outside food or beverage.

Guests will be permitted to leave and re-enter the Newseum, but will be subject to security screening and check-in during each re-entry. Due to the large crowds outside the building at Inauguration, guests are strongly encouraged not to move too far from the building.

For the Inauguration Celebration, Friends Society members will be able to purchase up to four tickets at the discounted member price. Dual, Family, Contributing and Sustaining Press Pass members will be able to purchase up to two tickets at the member price and Individual Press Pass members are able to purchase one ticket at the member price.

Remember, to receive the member discount individuals must become a member before Nov. 13 and must purchase their tickets during the member-only presale (Nov. 14-30).

As soon as possible. You must be a member before Nov. 13 to be eligible for the member discount.

There will be no parking available at the Newseum. We recommend taking public transportation.

Do not attempt to drive to the Newseum, as streets around the building will be closed. Visitors are recommended to walk, bike and use the Metro. Gallery Place/Chinatown and Judiciary Square are two of the closest metro stops to the Newseum. Visit wmata.com for details and any special Inauguration Day transit schedules.

Security checkpoint and street closure plans have not been released at this time.

Review street closings and public transportation schedules before Inauguration Day. The Newseum is not responsible if you are unable to get here because of security, crowd control or traffic issues.

No, guests of any age may attend the event. Each guest must have a valid ticket and a valid photo-ID will be required for alcohol consumption.

The Inauguration Day Celebration menu will be the perfect accompaniment to this historic event. There will be options available for various dietary restrictions. Breakfast will include items ranging from freshly baked pastries to seasonal sliced fruit. The lunch menu will include an all-American chili bar with all the fixings, as well as a gourmet soup and sandwich bar, and more. Throughout the day we will also be paying tribute to classic patriotic foods with sweet and salty snacks, jumbo pretzels and kettle corn, and mouth-watering desserts worthy of a blue ribbon! Guests will also enjoy a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day.

Please note, food and drink may be restricted from some exhibits. Drop tables will be available for guests to proceed through the Newseum, if entering a restricted exhibit.

No, only 2017 Inauguration Celebration ticket holders will be admitted that day.

Yes, the Newseum is handicap accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs, scooters and walking aids are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

2017 Inauguration Celebration tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Yes! The Newseum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio are partnering on a one-of-a-kind exhibit that explores the power of rock to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom. “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” will be on display from Jan. 13, 2017 through July 31, 2017.

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