In July, the Newseum will open a new exhibit, “Front-Page News: Man Walks on the Moon,” at Washington Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National airports to commemorate the 50th anniversary of America’s historic moon landing. The exhibit is part of a three-year partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to display exhibits at both airports.
The Newseum will be the first museum to host an exhibit at both airports under the Authority’s new Art and Exhibits program.
“Offering high-quality airport exhibits from well-known organizations like the Newseum will give our passengers an enhanced ‘sense of place’ for the nation’s capital when they step off their planes or wait for flights,” said David Mould, the Airports Authority’s vice president for communications and government affairs. “We look forward to many additional exhibits that will inform and entertain our travelers in the months and years ahead.”
“Front-Page News: Man Walks on the Moon” features front-page images of 24 newspapers from nine countries, 11 states and the District of Columbia, with original coverage of the groundbreaking event. Photos taken on the moon appeared on front pages around the world.
“News coverage of the moon landing illustrates the critical role the free press plays in recording history and capturing moments that change the world,” said Patty Rhule, vice president of exhibits and content at the Newseum. “We are thrilled to welcome visitors to Washington with this exhibit.”
The exhibit will run through October at both airports. Contributing support for the exhibit was provided by Booz Allen Hamilton.
To mark the anniversary of the moon walk, the Newseum also will display additional moon landing front pages in its Today’s Front Pages Gallery outside the Newseum in downtown Washington from July 19-21.
The Newseum’s second edition of Newseum@Dulles and Newseum@Reagan will present news coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which occurred 30 years ago this November. The exhibit will show how the free flow of news and information in post-World War II Berlin contributed to the erection of a wall dividing the city between the democratic-controlled West and the communist-run East, and ultimately led to the wall’s destruction in 1989. This exhibit will run through January 2020.