FAQ

Newseum Closing

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 unstainable, 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.

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 freedomforuminstitute.org/journalists-memorial.

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 our events calendar for information about upcoming programs.

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