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Newseum, Washington DC Building

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post updated Jan 11, 2021 ; May 15, 2008

Newseum

Location: 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC

Date built: 2008

Design: Polshek Partnership (now ennead architects) with Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Newseum Washington DC

view east to Capitol
Newseum Washington DC Building, USA
© Robert Young/Polshek Partnership

view from West Wing National Gallery
Newseum Washington DC building
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view to northwest
Newseum
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view west on Pennsylvania Avenue
Newseum Building
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Journalism museum, relocated from Virginia
Approx. cost: $450m
4 storeys

view of bar 2
Newseum
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intersection of bar 1 and bar 2
Newseum
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detail of 1st amendment
Newseum
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“Big Window” curtain wall detail
Newseum
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Lead Architects: James S. Polshek / Robert Young

Cubic building engraved with the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment

atrium looking west
Newseum
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atrium looking west
Newseum Washington DC
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Forum Theatre
Newseum Washington DC
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stair intersection with “bridge”
Newseum Washington DC
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Forum Theatre
Newseum Washington DC
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Exhibition design : Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Adjacent buildings include the National Gallery of Art.

The Newseum was an interactive museum that promoted free expression and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, while tracing the evolution of communication. The seven-level, 250,000-sqft (23,000 sqm) museum was located in Washington, D.C., and featured fifteen theaters and fifteen galleries.

Its Berlin Wall Gallery included the largest display of sections of the wall outside Germany. The Today’s Front Pages Gallery presented daily front pages from more than 80 international newspapers.

The Today’s Front Pages Gallery is still available on the Newseum’s website, along with a few other galleries. Other galleries presented topics including the First Amendment, world press freedom, news history, the September 11 attacks, and the history of the Internet, TV, and radio.

It opened at its first location in Rosslyn, Virginia, in April 1997, and in April 2008, it opened at its last location. As of December 31, 2019, the Newseum closed its doors and is seeking a new site, while many exhibits and artifacts went into storage or were returned to their owners.

The 643,000-square-foot (60,000 m²) Newseum included a 90-foot (27 m) high atrium, seven levels of displays, 15 theaters, a dozen major galleries, many more smaller exhibits, two broadcast studios, and an expanded interactive newsroom. The structural engineer for this project was Leslie E. Robertson Associates.

Newseum photos from Polshek Partnership 150508

Polshek Partnership became Ennead Architects since this design

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Location: 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC, United States of America

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Journalists Memorial
Journalists Memorial
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View looking east at night:
Newseum
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