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General (21)

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Bus parking is not available. Suggestions for designated bus parking are available on the WCTC website at: www.washington.org.

Yes. All visitors to the Newseum must go through security — the first stop upon arrival. Guns, knives and lighters are prohibited. Outside food and beverages may not be consumed in the Newseum. Please discard chewing gum before entering the building.

A limited number of wheelchairs, scooters and walking aids are available on a first come, first-served basis.

The Newseum offers two options for tours:

  • A private 90-minute guided tour is available during or after regular operating hours. This tour must be booked and paid for in advance. For more information on this exclusive tour, please click here.
  • A one-hour First Amendment Guided Highlights Tour is offered to the general public during regular hours. The 60-minute guided tour is available daily at 10 a.m. (10:15 a.m. on Sundays), 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets must be purchased on the day of visit at the Newseum admissions desk.

Guided Highlights Tours for visitors who are deaf or hard of hearing and use American Sign Language will be held on the first Saturday of each month at 1:30 p.m. No advance notice is required. Additional ASL tours will be provided with seven business days notice by writing to accessus@newseum.org.

One chaperone per 10 students is required for each student group.

Flash photography is allowed in most areas of the Newseum, except where it is expressly prohibited. Please consult with staff and signage for details.

Newseum Membership (9)

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All Newseum Members will receive their new cards by mail within four weeks of renewing or joining. If you choose to visit before receiving your card, visit the admissions desk to receive a temporary membership card.

No. Newseum Memberships are available to everyone.

If you forget your membership card during a Newseum visit, simply present your driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification at the admission desk to get a temporary membership card for your onsite discounts.

No. Newseum Membership cards can be used only by the cardholder.

Members may purchase discounted tickets on-site on the day of the visit for guests accompanying them. The discount is $5 per ticket.

Newseum Memberships are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Today’s Front Pages (11)

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All general-interest newspapers are invited to participate. The front pages in our display are sent voluntarily from each newspaper. Some newspapers do not have the technological capability of transmitting their front pages electronically in the required format. Others choose not to participate.

A portion of the front pages we receive each morning is included in our Front Pages exhibit at the Newseum. However, all of the 800 or more front pages received are included in that day’s online exhibit. If you don’t see a particular newspaper that was previously posted, the newspaper simply may not have submitted that day’s front page, or there may have been a technical problem with the electronic transmission.

We encourage new contributions from newspapers in underrepresented geographic areas. If you represent such a newspaper, write us at frontpages@newseum.org.

Central America is part of the map under North America. Please use the directional buttons to scroll down for Central America.

Ask your newspaper to send an email to frontpages@newseum.org for specific instructions on how to participate in “Today’s Front Pages.”

With the exception of student newspapers, any general interest newspaper with the technological capability of transmitting their front pages can be a part of the online exhibit.

Hosting an Event (28)

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The Newseum includes state-of-the-art technology, audiovisual resources and lighting services. All additional labor and services are at very competitive rates. If our staff is unable to accommodate your needs, we will suggest outside vendors that have worked here successfully for other clients. You may select your own outside vendor as well, but please note that all vendors are subject to approval by the Newseum’s Technical Operations department.

Yes. We encourage you to select your own videographer and photographer. Please note that all outside vendors must be approved in advance by the Newseum. We are delighted to recommend our local partners.

Each conference room on Levels 7 and 8 is outfitted with the following:

  • Monitor or screen (Sizes vary in each meeting room)
  • Free wireless password protected Internet access
  • Podium and microphones

For a detailed list of equipment and the many services available for each space, please contact Newseum Technical Operations at 202/292-6277.

Yes. There will be an additional charge based on the size of the group.

The Newseum has a state-of-the-art Knight Conference Center located on Levels 7 and 8, with commanding views of the U.S. Capitol, National Mall and surrounding museums. Additional spaces within the Newseum’s seven levels of galleries, exhibits and a 90-foot-high atrium can be rented for daytime and evening events.

Yes. Upon request, we will provide attendees with complimentary tickets that are valid for two consecutive days.

Volunteer (9)

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You must be at least 16 to volunteer.

Absolutely! All volunteers must meet the same requirements including age minimum, time commitments and trainings.

Thank you so much for your interest, however, given the training requirements, a short volunteering assignment is not feasible.

All applicants 18 or older must successfully complete criminal/credit background checks.

Unpaid internships are handled by human resources and are occasionally available in various Newseum departments. Check for internship openings here.

Volunteer schedules are determined by various departments. Guides, for example, cover two shifts every day: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Weekday guides volunteer for one shift a week at a minimum and weekend guides volunteer for one shift every other weekend at a minimum.

Bequests to the Newseum (7)

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555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20001

Yes, the Newseum is a 501(c)3 public charity.

Yes, but we encourage you to discuss your plans with us in advance to ensure that your wishes may be carried out. The Newseum may decline a bequest that is too restrictive in nature or whose structure falls outside the purposes, bylaws or procedures of the Newseum.

Girl Scout Day 2019 (14)

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Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter and Judiciary Square are within walking distance. For more information on getting here, click here.

Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for Girl Scout Day can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at AccessUs@newseum.org or by calling 202/292-6453.

No. Although your ticket says 9 a.m., you may arrive anytime during our operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities will take place throughout the day. Check the schedule for listings.

No, you may come and go at your choosing. Activities tend to be more crowded in the morning.

No, troops are not required to wear their uniforms but it is encouraged.

No, anyone in the group can buy a ticket with this pricing. That includes troop leaders, parents, siblings, etc. You can purchase online tickets in the March 2 event listing on Newseum.org.

Newseum Closing (9)

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The Newseum’s operations will continue as normal through the end of 2019. Visitors love us, but remaining in the current location has proved to be financially unsustainable, requiring us to move after 2019. It is challenging to operate a paid museum in a city full of free ones.

We have an agreement to sell the building to John Hopkins University. They plan to use it for their D.C.-based programs.

Artifacts on display in the museum will remain on exhibit through the end of 2019 when the building closes to the public. At that time, we will begin the process of de-installing our exhibits and returning artifact loans to lenders. We will also move pieces in our permanent collection to our archive facility outside Washington, D.C., until a location is determined for public display. The collection will be used for outgoing loans, education programs, public events, publications, digital initiatives and more. We also have a traveling exhibits program that keeps some Newseum exhibits open to the public at locations across the country.

The Newseum is open through 2019 and we encourage everyone to visit this year. We hope to find a suitable location that can serve as the Newseum’s next home but that process will take time. The Freedom Forum will move to temporary offices in downtown Washington, D.C. in 2020 that will enable the organization to continue its mission to increase public understanding of the importance of the free press and the First Amendment while it transitions out of 555 Pennsylvania Avenue.

We remain committed to continuing our mission – in a financially sustainable way – to increase public understanding of the importance of the free press and the First Amendment. We will be exploring all viable options for continuing a physical location for the exhibits, and will continue our efforts in digital outreach, traveling and pop-up exhibits, and web-based programs in schools around the country.

Our education work and support for a free press around the nation will continue through the Freedom Forum Institute, particularly through the First Amendment Center and NewseumED.

The Today’s Front Pages online exhibit will continue after the Newseum closes Dec. 31.