Saturday John and I spent the day in D.C. at Newseum-a museum of the news. It’s a neat place, filled with interactive exhibits, several theaters with short films, artifacts, a food court and restaurant and a memorial to journalists killed in the line of their duty. There is also a “newsroom” where you can stand in front of a blue screen with a microphone, read the news on the teleprompter and go home with a photo or video of your experience.
I would recommend this as a destination if you’re going to Washington. Devote an entire day because there’s a lot to see on 6 (or was it 7?) levels. It’s open 9am-5pm every day (some holidays excepted) and you should get there as close to opening as you can if you want to see everything and get your money’s worth (and it is worth the ticket price). We have an almost 2-hour drive plus 35 minute Metro ride so we got there about 11 because I can’t get John out of the house on a day off much earlier than 8:30. We stayed until closing and didn’t even stop for a lunch break. We took our time and saw nearly everything.
Check out their website: www.newseum.org.
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This photo was taken from the balcony on the uppermost level. Newseum is on Pennsylvania Avenue, next to the Canadian Embassy.
I found the artifacts fascinating, like this original page from Gutenberg’s Bible. I swear it looks like it was just printed. It’s part of the exhibit on the history of printing and they have actual books on display that are ancient plus original newspapers from around the U.S. that date back a couple of hundred years if not more.
There is an exhibit entitled “First Dogs.” I just loved this photo:
There is an exhibit devoted to 9/11. A wall of newspaper front pages from around the nation and the globe:
There is a film to watch and the antenna or one of the antennas from one of the towers is on display.
There is an actual news helicopter suspended from the ceiling:
Newspaper headline bloopers (sorry it’s blurry):
There is an exhibit about the FBI. One display case was about the FBI in modern culture. I used to have this book LOL:
There is also an exhibit about Pulitzer prize-winning photographs that is very moving. There is a film where the photographers talk about their photos and the stories behind them.
There is sooo much to do and see in the District. It’s a whole ‘nother world up there, not at all like Richmond. But I always enjoy it, riding the Metro is fun. FYI, we’ve tried several different Metro stations, but our favorite is Springfield/Franconia. It’s the beginning of the blue line on the south side of D.C. which means you have to plan for a long ride into the city but it’s easy to get to and the parking is easy.