Free Press in America

Free Press in America explores the role of a free press in a free society and the media landscape in the United States. Through a case study format, participants learn about the five freedoms of the First Amendment, limits to the freedom of the press and discuss modern day challenges driven by new technologies.

A visit to the Newseum and participation in the “Free Press in America” program would be beneficial for visitors exploring the following topics:

  • Early U.S. history and the Bill of Rights
  • Rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy
  • Limits to freedom of the press in the U.S.
  • The media’s mandate to keep government transparent and accountable
  • Impact of new technologies, including social media, on the industry
  • Current challenges in the profession

Each 60-minute discussion is offered Monday — Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. based on availability.

  • Programs must be requested at least one week in advance.
  • $17.95 (plus tax) per person; $179.50 minimum.
  • Minimum number of participants: 5
  • Maximum number of Participants: 100

Cost is for admission tickets to the museum. Programs are free with minimum paid admission. Admission tickets are valid for two consecutive days.

Additional Option: 90-minute guided tours are available for a fee ($55 plus tax per person; $550 minimum). Guided tour fee includes admission to the Newseum. The “Free Press in America” class is offered at no additional cost to groups booking a guided tour.

To schedule this program or for more information, email or call the education hotline at 202/292-6650. Note: This program cannot be booked online.

All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds for no-shows or unused tickets.

Prices subject to change without notice.

Arrival Information

Location: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20001

Meeting Contact: Talisa Proctor, 202/292-6650

Please bring your reservation confirmation with you on the day of your visit, and refer to our list of policies and procedures included to ensure a wonderful visit.

Please enter through the Group Entrance at the back of the building on C Street. Your tickets will be held for you at the Group Entrance admission desk. The group coordinator or English language officer should locate a Newseum Visitor Service representative who will check the group in, distribute tickets and welcome your group. (Newseum tickets are valid for two consecutive days, so if anyone in your group wants to come back the next day for more exploration, they should keep their tickets for entry the following day.)

The Newseum resident educator will greet your group on the Concourse Level at either the Documentary Theater or the Learning Center as designated in the confirmation email.