Summer Fun Day #43: Visit the Newseum in D.C.


Learn everything there is to know about American journalism at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

newseumLocated between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, the Newseum offers an in-depth, interactive look at the constantly changing world of journalism in the United States. Inside, you can find everything from Pulitzer Prize-winning photos to historical exhibits to interactive games that simulate the experiences of a reporter.

Current exhibits include: “1965: Civil Rights at 50,” an exhibit exploring the relationship between the news media and the civil rights movement in the 1960s; the New Media Gallery, which looks at the digital revolution’s effect on journalism and all the new technology being used by journalists today; and the Interactive Newsroom, which allows you to play the role of a reporter or photographer. You can also learn about the press’ role in dealing with the Vietnam War, the Berlin Wall and other historical events.

There’s one more great reason to visit: kids get in free! July 1 through Labor Day, the Newseum waives admission for visitors 18 and younger. Up to four kids visit for free with each paid adult.

The museum is easily accessible from the Metro and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $22.95 plus tax for adults, and free for children under 18.

To learn more or order tickets online, visit the Newseum’s website.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer list of family activities, or see our daily calendar of events.