January 21, 2009

The Newseum from Dawn to Dusk

The U.S. Capitol at dawn on the eve of Inauguration Day. (Mike Machado/Newseum)
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The U.S. Capitol at dawn on the eve of Inauguration Day. (Mike Machado/Newseum)

Fox News sets up on the 8th-floor terrace. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Fox News sets up on the 8th-floor terrace. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

The Newseum is dressed up in wrapping and bunting for the inaugural parade. (Mike Machado/Newseum)
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The Newseum is dressed up in wrapping and bunting for the inaugural parade. (Mike Machado/Newseum)

CNN anchors and pundits were the first to kick off live broadcasts of inaugural events from the Newseum. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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CNN anchors and pundits were the first to kick off live broadcasts of inaugural events from the Newseum. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Rock star Sting was one of the headliners at the Inaugural Eve party hosted by the Huffington Post online newspaper. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Rock star Sting was one of the headliners at the Inaugural Eve party hosted by the Huffington Post online newspaper. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Grammy winner Herbie Hancock was among the celebrities at the Inaugural Eve Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Grammy winner Herbie Hancock was among the celebrities at the Inaugural Eve Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

International pop star Shakira was among 3,800 guests at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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International pop star Shakira was among 3,800 guests at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

The Jonas Brothers were guests at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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The Jonas Brothers were guests at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Singer Will.i.am was one of the headliners at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Singer Will.i.am was one of the headliners at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Singer Sheryl Crow performs at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Singer Sheryl Crow performs at the Huffington Post party. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

CNN's Soledad O'Brien prepares for a live broadcast of inaugural festivities. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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CNN's Soledad O'Brien prepares for a live broadcast of inaugural festivities. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

George Stephanopoulos and Charles Gibson of ABC News prepare for an Inauguration Day broadcast in the Pennsylvania Avenue TV studio. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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George Stephanopoulos and Charles Gibson of ABC News prepare for an Inauguration Day broadcast in the Pennsylvania Avenue TV studio. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Shepard Smith of Fox News prepares for a broadcast. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Shepard Smith of Fox News prepares for a broadcast. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Al Hunt (left), Deirdre Bolton and Peter Cook report for Bloomberg News. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Al Hunt (left), Deirdre Bolton and Peter Cook report for Bloomberg News. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Crowds braved freezing temperatures and winds to stand along the parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)
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Crowds braved freezing temperatures and winds to stand along the parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

Crowds wait for the presidential motorcade. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Crowds wait for the presidential motorcade. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

A news photographer has a bird's-eye view of the parade route. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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A news photographer has a bird's-eye view of the parade route. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
The parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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The parade route on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Local NBC News affiliate WRC prepares for the presidential motorcade. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Local NBC News affiliate WRC prepares for the presidential motorcade. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Crowds packed three levels of exhibit space to view events on the high-definition screen and on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Crowds packed three levels of exhibit space to view events on the high-definition screen and on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

The Inauguration ceremony is shown on the Newseum's high-definition media screen. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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The Inauguration ceremony is shown on the Newseum's high-definition media screen. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Visitors sprawled on the atrium floor to witness the inauguration on the high-definition screen. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Visitors sprawled on the atrium floor to witness the inauguration on the high-definition screen. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Visitors watching the high-definition screen react to President Barack Obama's inauguration. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)
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Visitors watching the high-definition screen react to President Barack Obama's inauguration. (Maria Bryk/Newseum)

Visitors crowd the windows to get a photo of the presidential motorcade after the inauguration ceremony. (Michael Starghill/Newseum)
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Visitors crowd the windows to get a photo of the presidential motorcade after the inauguration ceremony. (Michael Starghill/Newseum)

President Barack Obama's motorcade passes the Newseum along the parade route. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)
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President Barack Obama's motorcade passes the Newseum along the parade route. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

President Barack Obama waves from the presidential limousine. (Maria Bryk/Newseum
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President Barack Obama waves from the presidential limousine. (Maria Bryk/Newseum

President Barack Obama and first daughter Sasha wave at the crowds along the parade route. (Donna LaFontaine/Newseum)
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President Barack Obama and first daughter Sasha wave at the crowds along the parade route. (Donna LaFontaine/Newseum)

First lady Michelle Obama waves to the crowd. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)
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First lady Michelle Obama waves to the crowd. (Sam Kittner/Newseum)

CNN continued broadcasting after the Newseum's 10 p.m. closing. (Mike Machado/Newseum)
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CNN continued broadcasting after the Newseum's 10 p.m. closing. (Mike Machado/Newseum)

WASHINGTON — More than 25,000 people visited the Newseum during the inaugural weekend that began Jan. 17 and ended on Inauguration Day.

Visitors and A-list celebrities, as well as major broadcast, cable and radio news networks, took advantage of the Newseum’s prime location on America’s Main Street for live broadcasts, inaugural balls and to view the historic inaugural parade.

To commemorate the momentous event, the Newseum looks back at the people and events that led up to the historic day.

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