Its what we call the news!

Yesterday was my day off, and I spent most of it inside the recently opened Newseum.  Located right down Pennsylvania Avenue from the US Capitol, this museum is one of Washington DC’s newest and most technologically advanced attractions.  Despite the numerous smithsonians and art galleries dotting the city, I can say with all seriousness that this is hands down my favorite museum in Washington DC.  This from a guy who swoons when he sees a painting by Claude Monnet or Henri Mattise.  (note: the national gallery is right across the street from the newseum).

The price is steep ($20) but completely worth every penny.  One of my favorite features of the Newseum is that they allow you to buy the ticket one day and return the next if you didn’t get to see the entire place.  You enter and are immediately confronted with a gigantic projector screen TV about three stories tall.  From there you can proceed through exhibits including 9/11, the origins of the news, reflections on the first amendment (quick: can you name the five rights enumerated in the first amendment?), and even play interactive games with other patrons.

My favorite section of the entire museum is a collection of over a hundred front page articles from important days in our nation’s history.  You can see the NY times page the day the stock market crashed or the front page the day after Bobby Kennedy’s assassination.  These are not reproductions: they are the real thing.  While I have no personal recollection of many of the events, my uncle assured me that it is quite moving to say the least to be able to relive those moments of our history that were the most important, such as the moon landing.

Overall, what makes the Newseum a wonderful place to visit is the mixture of communication mediums.  On each floor, the visitor is offered theaters, constantly running TV’s in the main exhibits, brief summaries of important events and more substantive sections containing news papers.  It is very easy to flow from one medium to the next and creates a very engaging and ever changing environment.

And in case I don’t have you convinced, hear now Stephen Colbert

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One Comment on “Its what we call the news!”

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