If you're headed to Washington, D.C. in the next month, you may want to put the Newseum at the forefront of your itinerary; the popular museum is set to close on December 31, 2019. What do we know about the closing of the museum and its plans for re-opening at a new location? Read on!
The Newseum, a museum dedicated to sharing the history of journalism and the First Amendment, has admitted financial difficulties, particularly with being a "paid museum in a city of free ones." The Newseum has provided readers with FAQ page filled with what you need to know about the closing of the museum next month:
A: The Newseum has an agreement to sell the building to John Hopkins University. They plan to use it for their D.C.-based programs.
A: Artifacts on display in the museum will remain on exhibit through the end of 2019 when the building closes to the public. At that time, the Newseum will begin the process of de-installing exhibits and returning artifact loans to lenders. They will also move pieces in our permanent collection to our archive facility outside Washington, D.C., until a location is determined for public display. The collection will be used for outgoing loans, education programs, public events, publications, digital initiatives and more. The Newseum also plans to have a traveling exhibits program that keeps some Newseum exhibits open to the public at locations across the country.
A: The Today’s Front Pages online exhibit will continue after the Newseum closes Dec. 31.
A: According to their website, the Newseum "hopes to find a suitable location that can serve as the Newseum’s next home but that process will take time." The Freedom Forum will move to temporary offices in downtown Washington, D.C. in 2020 that will enable the organization to continue its mission to increase public understanding of the importance of the free press and the First Amendment while it transitions out of 555 Pennsylvania Avenue.