Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., takes visitors behind the scenes to illustrate how and why news is made. The glass facade showcases a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment, emphasizing the organization's mission to champion freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. The building's seven levels contain 15 galleries for visitors to explore.
Highlights include a comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs; the 9/11 Gallery, featuring the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center; and the Berlin Wall Gallery, featuring eight large concrete sections of the original wall.
Fifteen theaters present everything from documentaries to clips of monumental news broadcasts. The museum also contains two state-of-the-art broadcast studios.
Food is available. Time: Allow 3 hours minimum.