Examine the past, present and future of journalism’s role in shaping politics, pop culture and the human experience
Powerful and relevant, the Newseum offers a multi-faceted look at journalism’s role in society. Designed to promote free expression and First Amendment rights, each exhibit within the museum offers insight into everything from Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalism, to the intersection of music and political campaigns, to the media’s role in the Berlin Wall.
Perhaps the most tedious but fascinating part of the museum is the News Corporation News History section, which tells the story of journalism chronologically, dating back to the 17th century. Visitors can open drawers containing real copies of newspapers throughout the centuries, and read how major historical events (i.e. the Holocaust, presidential elections, Marilyn Monroe’s death) were reported at the time they occurred.
Another key exhibit is a 9/11 spotlight section that reviews how the news of the September 11th terrorist attacks were communicated throughout the country. A chilling wall display showcases newspaper front pages from all fifty states on the day following the attack.
For some fresh air and beautiful views of Capitol Hill, make sure to visit the terrace on the sixth floor.
The Newseum is a must-see stop in Washington, D.C., and an important reminder of how important the media and first-amendment rights are in a democratic society.