Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement


Seriously Funny: From the Desk of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’

June 21, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019
Seriously Funny explored the impact Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” had on American politics and the press through four presidential campaigns, two wars and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editorial Cartoons of Darrin Bell

June 14, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019
Freelance cartoonist Darrin Bell won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for his sharp take on political hypocrisy, race and injustice. He is the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement

March 8, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019
“Rise Up” exploresd what happened at the Stonewall Inn and how it gave rise to a 50-year fight for civil rights for LGBTQ Americans.

The Editorial Cartoons of Michael Sloan and Jake Halpern

June 21, 2018 through June 12, 2019
The heartbreaking yet hopeful saga of two families who fled civil war in Syria for a better life in the United States became “Welcome to the New World,” a graphic narrative that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning by writer Jake Halpern and illustrator Michael Sloan.

The Marines and Tet

Jan. 26, 2018 through March 17, 2019
Opened during the 50th anniversary year of the Tet Offensive, “The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War” showcased the work of Stars and Stripes photographer John Olson, who spent three days with the Marines at the 1968 Battle of Huêˊ.

Civil Rights at 50

Aug. 2, 2013 through Jan. 27, 2019
“Civil Rights at 50” was a six-year, changing exhibit that explored the relationship between the news media and the civil rights movement in the 1960s through powerful stories, iconic images and historic front pages from 1963 to 1968.

Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography

April 6, 2018 through Jan. 21, 2019
“Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography” featured seven decades of award-winning images from the archives of Pictures of the Year International (POYi), one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competitions. The exhibit included an original, 6-minute Newseum video production, “POYi at 75,” featuring POYi curators reflecting on 75 years of the contest, the evolution of photojournalism and the power of photography.

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize–Winning Editorial Cartoons of Jim Morin

May 26, 2017 through June 21, 2018
Miami Herald editorial cartoonist Jim Morin has satirized presidents from Richard M. Nixon to Donald J. Trump. In 2017, Morin won his second Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

Creating Camelot

Sept. 29, 2017 through Jan. 28, 2018
“Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe,” one of the Newseum’s most popular exhibits, returned to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy. The stunning photo exhibit showcased more than 70 intimate and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, first Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and their children, Caroline and John, taken by Kennedy’s personal photographer, Jacques Lowe.

Berlin Wall: The Virtual Reality Experience

July 26, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2017
The Newseum’s seven-minute VR experience, presented in partnership with HTC Vive, transported visitors to communist East Berlin at the height of the Cold War. Using an HTC Vive headset, two hand-held motion controllers and HTC Vive’s room-scale technology, visitors could maneuver searchlights, wind their way through secret passages and locate an escape tunnel that took them under the Berlin Wall back to the relative safety of West Berlin, all while walking around a 10-foot-by-10-foot space inside the museum.

Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics

Jan. 13, 2017 through July 31, 2017
“Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics” showcased the intersection between rock and politics and examined how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought and effect change. Through iconic artifacts and photographs, and multimedia experiences, the exhibit explored music’s influence on civil rights, the Vietnam War and gender equality, and covered such artists as Bob Dylan, U2 and Rage Against the Machine.

Pulitzer Prizes at 100: The Editorial Cartoons of Jack Ohman

May 20, 2016 through May 26, 2017
As part of the ongoing celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the Newseum featured the work of Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman. Ohman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for a portfolio of cartoons covering terrorism, mass shootings and the presidential election.

Annenberg Space for Photography’s REFUGEE

Nov. 18, 2016 through March 12, 2017
In images created by five internationally acclaimed photographers who traveled across five continents — Lynsey Addario, Omar Victor Diop, Graciela Iturbide, Martin Schoeller and Tom Stoddart — “REFUGEE” depicted the lives of diverse populations dispersed and displaced throughout the world and included stunning portraits of the new Americans, refugees recently settled in the United States. The exhibit also featured an original documentary about the “REFUGEE” photographers and the stories behind their images.

CNN Politics Campaign 2016: Like, Share, Elect

April 15, 2016 through Jan. 22, 2017
Created in partnership with CNN Politics, the interactive exhibit “CNN Politics Campaign 2016: Like, Share, Elect,” told the story of the 2016 presidential campaign in real time. The exhibit offered an immersive experience that allowed visitors to explore the ways big data and social media have transformed how candidates campaign, how journalists cover elections and how the public participates in the political process.

Reporting Vietnam

May 22, 2015 through Sept. 12, 2016
The provocative “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit marked the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, America’s first televised war. The exhibit explored the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

Blood and Ink: Front Pages From the Civil War

Oct. 1, 2011 through Jan. 24, 2016
“Blood and Ink: Front Pages From the Civil War” showcased more than 30 historic front pages from the Newseum collection spanning the length of the war, from the birth of the Confederacy to the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Front pages from Northern and Southern newspapers showed both Union and Confederate viewpoints while illuminating the challenges faced by reporters on the battlefield and the new technologies that revolutionized war reporting.

President Lincoln Is Dead: The New York Herald Reports the Assassination

Feb. 13, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016
To mark the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the Newseum displayed — for the first time ever — all seven editions of The New York Herald from April 15, 1865, including the recently discovered 8:45 a.m. “extra” that was one of the first newspapers to report the president’s death.

40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World — The Photography of Howard G. Buffett

Sept. 18, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016
This powerful photo exhibit featured 40 of Buffett’s photos documenting the world hunger crisis as part of a global awareness campaign.

New Media Gallery

April 27, 2012 through Dec. 21, 2015
The New Media Gallery blended the latest in digital technology with the Newseum’s critically acclaimed multimedia expertise to place visitors at the center of the news revolution. Five groundbreaking interactives and two video presentations illustrated the evolution and progression of global media.

Nationals at 10

Jul 31, 2015 through Nov. 29, 2015
Created in partnership with the Washington Nationals, “Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News” featured 10 memorable media moments and several exclusive artifacts from the Nationals’ first decade in the nation’s capital. The exhibit explored how the press covered the team’s newsworthy events on and off the field, from Barack Obama’s first pitch of the 2010 season to presidential mascot Teddy Roosevelt’s long-awaited victory in the popular Presidents’ Race at Nationals Park.

The Boomer List

Sept. 26, 2014 through July 5, 2015
Created in partnership with AARP, “The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders” featured 19 large-format portraits of influential baby boomers — one born each year of the baby boom, from 1946 to 1964. Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (“The Black List,” “The Latino List” and “The Out List”) chose as his subjects boomers who reflect the depth, diversity and talent of their generation.

One Nation With News for All

May 16, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2015
Created in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the Newseum’s “One Nation With News for All” exhibit told the dramatic story of how immigrants and minorities used the power of the press to fight for their rights and shape the American experience.

Ethnic newspapers, radio, television and online publications helped millions of immigrants to America become part of their new country while preserving their ties to their native lands. Today, one in four Americans turns to ethnic media for news.

Pictures of the Year

April 25, 2014 through Sept. 1, 2014
“Pictures of the Year” showcased the best news images of 2013 from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), the oldest photojournalism contest in the world.

Anchorman: The Exhibit

Nov. 14, 2013 through Aug. 31, 2014
The Newseum, in partnership with Paramount Pictures, presented “Anchorman: The Exhibit,” featuring props, costumes and footage from the 2004 hit comedy “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

Inside Tim Russert’s Office: If It’s Sunday, It’s ‘Meet the Press’

Nov. 20, 2009 through June 15, 2014
“Inside Tim Russert’s Office: If It’s Sunday, It’s ‘Meet the Press’“ recreated the respected moderator’s NBC Washington office much as it looked when he died of a heart attack in June 2008 while preparing for his next show. This exhibit opens on permanent display at the Buffalo History Museum in fall 2014.


April 12, 2013 through March 16, 2014
The Newseum marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy with two exhibits and an original documentary film chronicling the presidency, family life and death of America’s 35th president.

  • “Three Shots Were Fired” told the dramatic story of the media’s reporting of the tragedy through powerful artifacts, images and headlines
  • “Creating Camelot: The Photography of Jacques Lowe” featured behind-the-scenes images of Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John
  • “A Thousand Days,” the award-winning, Newseum-produced film recounted the youthful glamour the Kennedy family brought to the White House

The Eyes of History 2012

Sept. 28, 2012  through March 24, 2013
“The Eyes of History 2012: White House News Photographers Association” showcased more than 70 of the award-winning images of 2011 from the annual competition of the White House News Photographers Association.

Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press

Feb. 17, 2012 through Jan. 27, 2013
The Newseum’s election-year exhibit “Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press” explored how media coverage of presidential campaigns has evolved from William McKinley’s 1896 front porch campaign to Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 Internet campaigns.

Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer

Nov. 18, 2011 through Aug. 12, 2012
“Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer” featured nearly 50 of the celebrated sports photographer’s best-known images,  including the one of boxer Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in the first round of their  title fight in 1965.

The President’s Photographer

Feb. 15, 2011 through Feb. 15, 2012
“The President’s Photographer,” an original theater presentation based on the National Geographic book by author John Bredar, gave viewers an intimate look at the day-to-day life of the nation’s chief executive.

Pictures of the Year

April 22, 2011 through Oct. 31, 2011
“Pictures of the Year” showcased the best news images of 2010 from Pictures of the Year International, the oldest photojournalism contest in the world. Even Lady Gaga made an appearance — her first in a Washington museum.

Covering Katrina

Aug. 27, 2010 through Sept. 18, 2011
“Covering Katrina” marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by examining the media’s reporting of the killer storm that shredded Mississippi’s coast, left 80 percent of New Orleans under water and resulted in the deaths of 1,800 people.

Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Story

March 19, 2010 through Feb. 14, 2011
“Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Story” opened during Elvis Presley’s 75th birthday year and told the story of Presley as he was portrayed in the news media and how his music and physicality pushed the boundaries of mainstream taste and free expression.

Athlete: The Sports Illustrated Photography of Walter Iooss

Oct. 9, 2009 through Jan. 16, 2011
“Athlete: The Sports Illustrated Photography of Walter Iooss” featured more than 40 photos from Iooss’s nearly 50-year career, each accompanied by the story behind the image, told in Iooss’s own words.

Manhunt: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer

Feb. 14, 2009 through May 2, 2010
Created in collaboration with author James L. Swanson, “Manhunt: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer” explored how new developments in journalism and technology came together in the news coverage of Abraham Lincoln’s death and the hunt for his killer.

Woodstock at 40: The Rise of Music Journalism

Aug. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2009
“Woodstock at 40: The Rise of Music Journalism,” featured rarely seen photographs and artifacts from the historic music event, marking a moment in history when the news media first recognized music and entertainment as cultural and commercial forces.

Our World at War: Photojournalism Beyond the Front Lines

June 5, 2009 through Sept. 7, 2009
Marking the 150th anniversary of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the International Committee of the Red Cross sent five award-winning photojournalists to eight war-torn countries to document how war and armed violence affected people’s lives. The results were featured in an exhibit of 40 photos.

FOTOBAMA: Picturing the President

May 7, 2009 through Sept. 7, 2009
In partnership with FotoWeek DC, “FOTOBAMA: Picturing the President” featured 100 photographs from the 2009 FOTOBAMA international photography contest. Prizes were awarded to the top two photographs in each of four categories, selected from more than 1,500 images entered in the contest by both amateur and professional photographers. “Best in Show” went to Associated Press photographer Chris Carlson for his image of Obama being swamped by supporters after clinching the Democratic nomination.