The Newseum’s mission is to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. Visitors experience the story of news, the role of a free press in major events in history, and how the core freedoms of the First Amendment—religion, speech, press, assembly and petition—apply to their lives.
Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum has seven floors with fifteen galleries and fifteen theaters. Exhibitions include the 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast, which displays the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center; the Berlin Wall Gallery, whose eight concrete sections are one of the largest displays of the original wall outside Germany; and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, which features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize–winning entry dating back to 1942.
In January 2019, the Freedom Forum, the creator and primary funder of the Newseum, announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its building to Johns Hopkins University. The Newseum will remain open to the public for the rest of the year at its current location along Pennsylvania Avenue. Do not miss this opportunity to visit the Newseum before it closes.
National Archives Museum
As the flagship of the U.S. Government’s National Archives and Records Administration, this Greek Revival building in Washington, D.C.’s Federal Triangle was created in 1934 to house records of America’s military, civic and diplomatic origins and activities. It is home to “The Three Charters”—the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. Visitors will encounter fascinating original records in Public Vaults, including Abraham Lincoln’s telegrams to his generals and audio recordings from the Oval Office, as well as in other interactive exhibitions that allow you to “touch” and explore some of the most interesting documents, photos, and films in the archive’s holdings.
Additionally, Remembering Vietnam will be on display. This temporary exhibition presents both iconic and recently discovered National Archives records related to twelve critical episodes in the Vietnam War. They trace the policies and decisions made by the architects of the conflict and help untangle why the United States became involved in Vietnam, why it went on so long, and why it was so divisive for American society.
Participants on this trip will have a special opportunity to meet with conservationists who worked on preserving the Declaration of Independence.
Virginia Journeys is a member-only travel program. The reservation fee includes transportation, admission fees, lunch, and snacks and beverages while in transit. The reservation fee is nonrefundable. Cancelled reservations may be eligible for a charitable contribution tax deduction and will be receipted upon request.
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