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Free Admission for Kids at Washington DC’s Newseum Museum to Labor Day

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From now through Labor Day, kids get in free to the Newseum, one of Washington DC’s coolest museums, covering history, current events and interactivity that is unique. A display of newspaper front pages from all 50 states and the District of Columbia greets patrons and passers-by each morning at the Newseum, which uses the newest technology to explore the news history of the last 500 years.  The Newseum’s 250,000 square feet are part of a 643,000-square-foot complex that also contains offices, a restaurant and apartments, and sits adjacent to the Canadian Embassy. Its new location is also steeped in history: It’s on the former site of the National Hotel, where John Wilkes Booth took a room shortly before he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.  That means that one adult who pays the admission fee can bring as many as 10 kids with free admission, up to age 18, for free. (Normal admission for kids ages 7 to 18 is $12.95; kids age 6 and younger are always free.)

The Newseum, which bills itself as “the world’s most interactive museum,” features more than 125 interactive game and simulation kiosks, 15 theaters and two television studios.  Its collection of artifacts and media are meant to highlight the role of news media in both recording the history of societies and encouraging change within them, according to a Newseum visitors’ guide.   When patrons enter the first floor Great Hall of News, their eyes are drawn up to the Bell Jet Ranger news helicopter that’s suspended from the atrium’s 90-foot high ceiling and appears to hover just above the admissions ticket desk.  Sunlight floods in through the floor-to-ceiling windows on three levels that provide a panoramic view of Pennsylvania Avenue.   Just opposite the windows hangs a 40-by-22-foot high definition media screen, which is also meant to be visible outside the building at night.

When: The Newseum, at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 6th Street in Washington, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The free tickets for kids offer continues through Sept. 5.

Where: Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street NW.

Cost: $21.95 plus tax for adults; kids are free through Labor Day with a paying adult.

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