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Newseum Closing (9)

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Visitors loved us, but remaining in the current location proved to be financially unsustainable. It is challenging to operate a paid museum in a city full of free ones.

We have an agreement to sell the building to Johns Hopkins University. The university plans to use it for its D.C.-based programs.

In 2020, we will de-install our exhibits and return 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.

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.

The Journalists Memorial is a powerful symbol of our mission. As the Newseum transitions in 2020, the memorial will remain a priority project, even as we remove and store the glass panels, and will continue to be accessible at

The First Amendment tablet belongs to the museum and will be removed from the building as part of our transition. We are actively searching for a location where it can be prominently displayed.

Yes, please visit the Freedom Forum Institute events calendar for information about upcoming programs.