Is the Newseum worth the admission price?
In short, yes! With so many free tourist options available for Washington, DC visitors, the Newseum’s price of admission ($24.95 Adults / $19.95 Seniors / $14.95 Youth 7-18 / Free Children 6 Under) will understandably lead to discussions of value and “Is it worth it?”. In order to compete with the popular Smithsonian Museums, the Newseum is centered around three permanent exhibits, the Berlin Wall Gallery, 9/11 Gallery, and Pulitzer Prize Photography Gallery. The exhibits are modest in size and employ a simple layout, but they are powerful and unique to the Newseum.
The Berlin Wall Gallery includes the largest collection of graffitied Berlin wall slabs outside of Germany and an East German guard tower originally located near Checkpoint Charlie. The 9/11 Gallery displays the front page of newspapers worldwide the day after the terrorist attack and the twisted remains of the antenna from the World Trade Center’s North Tower. The Pulitzer Prize Photography Gallery presents the largest collection of Pulitzer prize winning photographs and includes every winning entry since the prize was established in 1942. If these three galleries are of interest, a visit is highly recommended and worth the admission price. While these galleries are the foundation of the museum, there is much more to see and experience. In total, the Newseum consists of over twenty permanent, interactive, and rotating exhibits across seven floors and 250,000 square feet.
Having covered the reasons to visit the Newseum, it should be noted that most Washington, DC visitors will want to exhaust the free admission options such as the Smithsonian Institute’s museums, National Gallery of Art, monuments and memorials, U.S. Capitol, and Library of Congress prior to paying the Newseum’s admission. However, these museums attract between 5 to 7 million visitors a year partially due to their free admission and can be quite crowded from April through August. For visitors interested in discounted or free admission to the Newseum, there are a few options available..