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The History of News

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The Newseum is one of D.C.’s newest tourist attractions. In a city where at least two dozen Smithsonian Museums are free to enter, you have to pay to go to the Newseum. Entry tickets are not cheap, but tickets are good for two days.

I thought the Newseum would be gimmicky, so I went in with a bit of skepticism. I didn’t want to like it, but after having spent a good amount of time in the place, I shall now eat those words. I love the place! It is informative, it is interactive, and it is lot of fun! All of the exhibits and displays are so well presented that you instantly become absorbed in it all, and before you know it, hours have passed.

Outside the Newseum, there are kiosks displaying the current day’s headlines, and greeting you inside is huge flat-panel screen running historical news, breaking headlines, and a small news helicopter.

Start your tour in the concourse level with the movie introduction. Then, do a quick swing by the panels of the Berlin Wall (yes, there are four sections of the Berlin Wall on display) before taking the glass elevator to the sixth floor to take in one of the best views of the Capitol from anywhere in the city. From there, wind your way down the floors to the exhibits, which cover everything from old newsprint to the impact that technology (think Twitter, social networking) is having on mass communications. It’s not all serious—have a good laugh at cartoon exhibit and take your seat for the 4D movie!

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