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SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Newseum

Posted by Aaron Killian, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Oct 31, 2017 10:51:19 AM

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The Newseum is dedicated to telling the story of America’s free press. It's a living monument to news reporting and the First Amendment, the text of which is etched into the stone wall on the museum’s south face.
 
It is a great place to connect history and ELA curriculum on a school trip to Washington, D.C. 

 

With its distinctive glass front and imposing height, you can’t miss the Newseum as you travel down Pennsylvania Avenue toward the Capitol Building.

 

The experience begins outside. The north entrance to the museum is lined with cases, each holding newspaper front pages from the fifty states, printed out and placed anew every morning.

 

Once inside, you’ll see the lobby overhung with a news helicopter - the typical meeting point after your visit concludes.

 

The sleek interior is filled with fascinating exhibits: the newspaper archive, the gallery of Pulitzer Prize photography, a guard tower from the Berlin Wall, the Unabomber’s cabin, multiple theaters, and a deeply affecting remembrance of 9/11. Adults also can accompany children to the top floor balcony to see the amazing view of the cityscape.

 

The Newseum also houses a gift shop, restrooms, and a cafeteria in the basement level, although it’s on the pricey side, so most groups eat before or after visiting. The museum is within walking distance from both the Capitol Building and National Archives, so your guide may suggest linking these sites together.

 

Produced by the Newseum, watch the video Touring the Newseum to get a sense for the amzing experiences offered.

 


 

The SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT is written by NationsClassroom's expert, licensed guides and features exciting attractions from the most popular student travel destinations on the historic East Coast.

 

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