Newseum is Closing; First Amendment Mission Goes Forward

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There is still time to visit! The Newseum is open through the end of the year.

Please follow the link below for frequently asked questions about the Newseum’s closing.

After more than 11 years and nearly 10 million visitors, the Newseum will close on Dec. 31, 2019. Thank you to everyone who has visited, especially the members, donors and Founding Partners whose support made it all possible.

We know visitors love the Newseum (don’t take our word for it; read the TripAdvisor reviews for yourself), but it has struggled financially for a number of years and continuing to operate in our current location has proven unsustainable. In January 2019, we announced an agreement to sell the Newseum building on historic Pennsylvania Avenue to Johns Hopkins University, a premier academic institution, which will use the facility for its D.C.-based graduate programs.

The Freedom Forum, creator and primary funder of the Newseum, remains committed to continuing its mission to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment and to increase public awareness about the importance of a free and fair press. These educational efforts are needed now more than ever and that critical work will continue online and through public programs in Washington, D.C., and around the country.

All of the artifacts and exhibits in the Newseum will remain on public display through the end of the year. In early 2020, once the Newseum closes, deinstallation of its exhibits will begin and artifacts will be moved to a state-of-the-art support center where they will be housed and maintained. The collection will continue to circulate for outgoing loans, educational programs, public events, digital initiatives and more. Additionally, the Newseum’s popular Today’s Front Pages, which digitally displays nearly 1,000 newspaper’s front pages each day from around the world, will continue after the Dec.31 closing.

There is still time to visit! Purchase tickets online now and get a 15 percent discount. There is also a full calendar of public events and programs running through December.

How can you help? If you’ve read this far, you really care about the First Amendment! Keep in touch by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and online at Become a member and enjoy free admission to the Newseum through 2019 and next year be among the first to receive invitations to engaging public programs with leading thinkers on First Amendment issues.

Please follow the link below for frequently asked questions about the Newseum’s closing.

30 thoughts on “Newseum is Closing; First Amendment Mission Goes Forward

  1. So sorry to hear this. I loved visiting there a few years ago. I am in California, so I won’t be able to get back there again. Huge loss!

    • I’m heartbroken. Visiting this place is a unique and singular experience. I hope I’ll be able to see it one last time

  2. I am desperately sorry to hear that you are closing. With today’s political climate that scorns investigative journalism and the notion that the press serves the people by keeping a wary eye on the activities of governing officials, the mission of the Newseum is more vital than ever.
    (I will be bringing my 12th grade Girl Scout troop to visit your establishment before you close at the end of December!)

  3. From Iowa…been a visitor…very sad you have to shutter because symbolically, our world needs a more informed populace and you symbolized same. Best wishes and hopes that your mission can be carried on…someplace else, in some other ways.

  4. So sorry to hear of the closing. As a life long journalist, it is sad to see what has happened to the newspaper industry. Please keep me informed and I hope to be able to travel to DC and visit once again before you close.

  5. I am so sorry to hear this – I have run a school trip from Epsom in the UK to DC every two years since 2008 and the Newseum has been a real highlight for us since you opened. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.

  6. A great institution which needs to be replicated and all if it’s contents archived and made available to the public. Library of Congress.

  7. I’m sorry to hear this. I was hoping to visit next year. If I’d known it was closing, I’d have tried to fit in a visit on my trip to Washington, DC earlier this year.

    At least I’ve seen the newspaper front page headlines visible from outside.

  8. How very sad, and frustrating. I deeply hope that the Newseum can be recreated in some accessible form, as we continue to desperately need its history and broad perspective. I hope to be able to squeeze in a last visit before it closes.

  9. I’ve always said the Newseum or the Spy Museum should ever fall into financial trouble then the Smithsonian institution should take over.

  10. Pity. Stands to reason, though. History is now a matter of opinion. Science is a hoax. Factual news is archaic so why try to recall it ever existed at all?

  11. I had the privilege of visiting the Newseum in Washington, DC over Labor Day weekend in 2019. I was very impressed with the preservation of news history (such as the gallery of newspaper images from 9/11/01) as well as the interactive exhibits. What is on display at the Newseum is history that needs to be preserved for generations to come.

  12. My daughter’s entire 5th grade student body from her school in Raleigh visited DC. I was a chaperone. The Newseum was such a positive, informative, diverse, dynamic, and highly engaging experience for them. It was my daughter’s favorite museum ever. She’s been to NYC, Chicago, Italy, Williamsburg, Toronto, and British Columbia, and we have great museums here, so that’s really high praise. I’m very sad.
    I hope the Newseum will continue its online presence, including the papers from across the country. That is so important for helping people in this vast and diverse country understand each other better. In an election year, it is so important.
    Thanks for the wonderful work you’ve done and for the experience my daughter had. I chair a local nonprofit and know what a challenge it is, and how much work and love goes into making every effort for it to sustain.

  13. Is it a coincidence that the closing if the Newseum is happening under this Administration? This is an important museum to have in the nation’s capital!

  14. Can the Newseum be saved? What can we the public do? Since newspapers are becoming relics, don’t we need this museum more than ever? Even if losing the location is a done deal, can’t we work to open it somewhere else?

  15. I’ve taken 5 different groups of 8th graders to the Newseum over the past decade. While I understand it’s too late to keep it open in its current state, but the major news networks should band together with a public service campaign to raise the funding to an endowment level so the Newseum can open again on a new site or city (Philadelphia would be fitting).

  16. The demise of the Newseum is disappointing and disconcerting as well. I believe the location, a bit off the beaten path from other museums in the nation’s capital, was a factor in the number of visitors. In addition, the ongoing decline in the public’s interest in print journalism, was not helpful. Recently, a poll indicated only 36% of those polled read a daily paper. Beyond journalism, the loss of the Newseum is bad news for our society.

  17. Could it be moved to Columbia Missouri, home of the world’s first journalism school? Has that option been explored?

  18. Since 2015, I have brought my 11th graders to the Newseum every year on our annual history trip to Washington, DC, from Tennessee. Each year, several students remark that the Newseum was their favorite museum of the trip. This year on our visit, I found out the sad news of the impending closure and I must confess I was bummed out for the rest of the day.
    In this time of attacks on the press & journalists as purveyors of “fake news” if one happens to disagree with the content or angle on the news story they report, it seems to me that we need a memorial to print, photo, and broadcast journalism now more than ever.
    I hope that the Newseum can find support and reopen in another venue sometime in the near future. I would hope that the Smithsonian Institution could take it under its umbrella or that the major newspapers/big-broadcast networks could champion this tribute to the power and integrity of the free press.
    I will miss visiting the museum.

  19. I have been visiting the Newseum for the past 9 years with a group of high school students from NJ. Our first stop has always been the Newseum, a trip high light, the trip will not be the same without being able to visit such a great inspirational place. My wife and I are going to make it down and visit one last time before the end of the year. Very sad to hear of the closing.

  20. My late brother Professor Michael C Emery helped in esteblishing the original Newseum in Virginia. He worked on the Timeline and many of the Front Pages were from his and our late father, Edwin Emery ‘s book.
    My sister and I attended the opening in Virginia and I was able to also come to the opening in Washington D.C.
    So sad to hear it is closing. Hope you can find a place for all thr great artifacts and especially the memorial to the fallen journalists. We all need your presence in the world.

  21. I enjoyed visiting immensely and am sad to see you leave the brick and mortar space. Please keep all the exhibits in virtual form. I hope you can offer programs on cspan to continue to educate the public. Have you thought about exhibits that would travel to other museum sites around the country

    The daily front pages will stay? I hope.

  22. If there’s any way this wonderful and important museum can be saved, it deserves to be. Today, more than ever, the importance of a free press is paramount to our democracy. Can’t someone like Jeff Besos or Michael Bloomberg underwrite the it’s continuance. I would volunteer my time to do whatever needs doing to keep Newseum open.

  23. If only there were a super-wealthy person who owned a newspaper in, say, DC, who could easily part with several million dollars to support such an institution…

  24. My favorite museum in DC. So sad to read it is closing. The artifacts are very very special, so please preserve them. The display of journalists and photographers killed on the job is a very sobering exhibit. Will try to get to DC before the end of the year. Thank you to everyone who created and maintained this amazing place.

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