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Free Admission to Newseum Museum in Washington DC – Sept 10-11

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The Newseum museum in Washington DC will offer free admission to all visitors on Sept. 10 and 11, 2011 in honor of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in 2001 (first time ever! – click at bottom for more info).  There are some special 9/11 exhibits that will great to see, including a 31-foot section of the broadcast antenna that stood atop the World Trade Center’s North Tower and an 11-minute film, “Running Toward Danger,” that tells the stories of journalists who covered the attacks. This week, the Newseum opened a new section of its popular FBI exhibit with 60+ new artifacts, including engine parts and landing gear from the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, and the shoes that the shoe-bomber Reid rigged with explosives in a failed terrorist attempt to blow up an airplane.

The Newseum is one of the coolest museums in Washington DC,  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 admission is Sept 10-11 only.

Where: Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street NW.

Cost: Free Admission on September 10 and 11

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