“Nationals at 10” now open

D.C. sports fans, rejoice! “Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News” is now open at the Newseum. Relive some of the most magical and memorable moments of the Washington Nationals’ first decade in the nation’s capital through artifacts from big games and media coverage of the team.

The exhibit provides an up-close look at the bat Ryan Zimmerman used to hit a walk-off home run in the inaugural game at Nats Park in 2008 and the jersey Jayson Werth wore when he hit a “game-ending, season-saving home run” in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS, among other game-used artifacts. Newspaper front pages and magazine covers in “Nationals at 10” chronicle how the media reported major stories about the team’s return to D.C., including the debuts of two heavily anticipated young prospects: pitcher Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper.

On Thursday, July 30, the Newseum hosted a special evening event to celebrate the opening of “Nationals at 10.” The inaugural Newseum Nights event was a home run, as nearly 1,000 Newseum and Nats fans packed the building after hours to be among the first to see the exhibit while enjoying drinks, ballpark snacks and activities throughout the museum. (If you missed out on “Newseum Nights: Game On,” make sure to save the date for our next after-hours party Sept. 25!)

Newseum Nights Photo Gallery

“Nationals at 10” opening weekend will be the perfect time for families to visit the Newseum and enjoy a day of major league fun!  Special activities on Saturday, Aug. 1, include an indoor batting cage, a special Inside Media with Washington Post sports reporter James Wagner, baseball crafts for the kids (and kids-at-heart) and much more. Plus, tickets are just $10 for adults and seniors Aug. 1 and 2, while kids 18 and younger get in free through Sept. 7 as part of the Newseum’s Summer Fun Deal.

One local kid, 10-year-old MLB blogger Matt Eisner of Matt’s Bats, got an exclusive sneak preview of the exhibit a few days before it opened to the public. You can read his review of the exhibit on his blog.

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