Journalism "Newseum" opened in Washington D.C.
On April 11 the world’s largest museum for news and journalism – the Newseum in Washington D.C. - opened its doors to the public.
It was designed by Polshek Partnership Architects, who creates signature, iconic buildings. The New York City-based firm is known for a long-standing commitment to cultural, governmental, educational and scientific institutions. Other major Polshek Partnership projects include the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. The exterior’s unique architectural features include a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment and an immense front wall of glass, which resembles a monitor and should be emblematic for freedom of press and democracy. In the inside there is an atrium with the height of 30 meter, which can be overviewed with glass elevators.
There are seven levels of galleries and theatres. The Newseum features 14 main exhibition galleries exploring news history, electronic news, photojournalism, world news and how the media have covered major historical events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Newseum offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits and offers a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made.