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Celebrate freedom of expression in this semi-guided museum experience. This program combines individual exploration, hands-on interaction and customized keepsakes.

Student-created merch from 2015 Loud and Proud programs

Student-created merch from 2015 Loud and Proud programs
The EXPRESSway is a semi-guided museum experience that gets students out of the classroom and into the exhibits to explore the power of the First Amendment — and inspires participants to use their own freedom of expression. After a group welcome and short film illustrating contemporary uses of the First Amendment, participants explore free expression highlights throughout the museum. The program culminates with a visit to The Ink Tank, a pop-up shop where participants customize their own free expression artifacts including magnets, pins, bumper stickers, buttons and slap bracelets. The program is suitable for all ages. Whether your participants are studying civic participation or just looking for a fun, new way to see the Newseum, the EXPRESSway can be customized to meet your group’s objectives. *Additional merchandise (ex. tote bags, water bottles) available for an additional fee.
"Thank you so much for hosting my class today. They really enjoyed it. … It made a HUGE impact on [one student] to be encouraged to speak out and express himself. Thank you! … If we have a positive effect on just one student, it has been a successful day." Charlevoix Elementary teacher Jane Garver

Booking Information

This class requires a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 36 students in the Learning Center classroom or 100 students in the Documentary Theater. Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availability. We appreciate hands-on assistance from chaperones when needed.

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How to register and enroll

Classes must be requested at least one week in advance. Please be advised that your preferred date may not be available, so have at least two dates in mind. We recommend arriving at the Newseum no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled class time.

Cancellation policy:

When a school fails to appear for its schedule Newseum class, it prevents other schools from using that slot. Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.

Accessibility Questions?

Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at or by calling 202/292-6453.

  • Theme:
    Civics and Citizenship
  • Levels:
  • Cost:
    The EXPRESSway is free with paid admission. Additional charges apply for upgraded merchandise.
  • Duration:
    30 minutes
  • Days Offered:
    Mondays through Fridays
  • Times Offered:
    9:30 a.m. Learning Center
    10 a.m. Documentary Theater
    10:45 a.m. Learning Center
    11 a.m. Documentary Theater
    12 p.m. Documentary Theater
    12:15 p.m. Learning Center
    1 p.m. Documentary Theater
    1:30 p.m. Learning Center
  • Capacity:
    Max 36 in the Learning Center
    Max 100 in the Documentary Theater
  • Minimum Enrollment:

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