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2016 Annual Teacher Open House Is Oct. 1

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Educators sample our “Speed of News” class at the 2015 Teacher Open House.

Updated Oct. 8, 2016

Thanks to the hundreds of teachers who braved the rain and D.C. street closures to attend our successful Teacher Open House! We have compiled resources and information on the sessions in this blog post.  A pdf of the presentation by Maryland high school teacher Erin Lange can be found here. Remember to save the date for next year’s Teacher Open House: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. If you want a reminder, sign up here.

Congratulations to our prize winners: Christina S., $250 Wolfgang Puck gift card, Christina S., Arlington, Va.; $150 Wolfgang Puck gift card, Marisa E., Washington, D.C.;  Pulitzer Prize Book (3), Cynthia P. of Woodbridge, Va., Bridget B. of Spotsylvania, Va., and Betsy F. of Kensington, Md.; Newseum Membership Pass, Brette L. of Falls Church, Va.; Four-pack of Newseum tickets (8), Marina R. of Washington, D.C., Susan W. of Alexandria, Va., Deborah J. of  Washington, Carrie M. of Bladensburg, Md., Kimberly S. of Springfield, Va., Joan R. of Warrenton, Va., Erin L. of Nottingham, Md., Renee B. of Hyattsville, Md., and Dillon G. of Kensington, Md.


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Admission is free* during our seventh annual fall Teacher Open House on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016.

RSVP now!

During the daylong event (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), sample NewseumED classes, tour the galleries and broadcast studio, learn how to navigate, and attend special programs and archivist sessions. Alumni from our summer teacher institute also will share how to incorporate digital tools into the learning process. Plus, get tips for planning a field trip.

As a bonus, attendees will receive a tote bag, food voucher, and discounts in our Newseum store.

Download a final schedule of the day’s events

Download an open house flier to save, share or post

A sampling of comments from last year’s attendees:

  • “I always appreciate the fact that the Newseum values teachers and offers this free opportunity.” — Sandra Laurie
  • “I love hearing about what other teachers are doing with the Newseum resources and also am inspired by the actual classes that the Newseum offers for students.” — Susan Gaina
  • “Everything I heard about the Newseum was true. Outstanding.” — Mary Tate
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A teacher examines original primary sources in an archivist session.

A reminder that admission is free for educators — current teacher, principal, counselor, librarian, school district level staff or college professor with a valid ID. * Valid forms of ID include: school identification; pay stub; letter from the principal on school letterhead; insurance card; union card; letter of intent to home school, issued by a government agency or school district. (Retired teachers are not included.)

Open house attendees may purchase discounted $11 admission tickets for up to five guests at the door. Guests do not need to RSVP in advance. Priority seating in programs goes to teachers.

Teachers who RSVP in advance here will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate to The Source, Wolfgang Puck’s famous restaurant adjacent to the Newseum. We’ll also email you a reminder before the open house, which is held rain or shine. There is a pay, parking garage at the Newseum and we are a short walking distance to Yellow and Green Metro line stations.

The Comfort Inn in Washington is offering a special rate to teachers attending the open house. Follow this link to book at the rate of $119 for Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2016.

RSVP now for the open house



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

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