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Welcome! 2017 Teacher Open House Is Oct. 7

You are invited to join the Newseum Education team for our annual Teacher Open House. Admission and programs are free that day for educators!

Oct. 12, 2017

Thanks to all who attended Teacher Open House. Go to this blog post to view photos from the event, see who won door prizes and find links to presentations and resources from our special sessions that day.

Oct. 6, 2017
Note: The 9:30 a.m. Digital Media Literacy in the Library is canceled due to illness of the presenter. Navigating NewseumED and its free online resources will take its place in the Learning Center.

During the day, educators will have the opportunity to sample NewseumED classes, tour the broadcast studios, attend gallery talks, learn how to navigate and plan a field trip, and attend special programs and archivist sessions. Attendees will receive a free tote bag, food vouchers, swag, and discounts in our Newseum store and Food Section.

New for 2017:  

  • Alumni from our summer institute return to host sessions and provide classroom tips on: Digital Media Literacy in the Library, Using Social Media to Teach Across the Content, Math and Media, Tackling Controversial Topics, and a Breakout EDU game for evaluating information.
  • Take the Real-or-Fake Challenge in a shortened version of our new student class “Fighting Fake News.”
  • Get free copies of our two, new engaging media literacy posters: “E.S.C.A.P.E Junk News” and “Is This Story Share-Worthy?”
  • Attend a panel discussion on Teaching Media Literacy in a World of Misinformaton.
  • Tour the just-opened exhibit “Creating Camelot,” featuring the work of Kennedy photographer Jacques Lowe.

(For more information on who’s eligible for free admission that day, see below).

“Each time I have gone, I have learned a valuable new teaching tip or received fantastic resources to use in the classroom.” — Heather Sprague

Schedule of events

Registration: Advance registration is strongly recommended because it allows us to have enough resources and staff on hand. As an incentive, educators who register in advance AND attend the event will be entered into a drawing for door prizes, including $250 and $150 gift cards to Jose Andres’s ThinkFoodGroup restaurants in D.C. (Zaytinya, China Chilcano, Oyamel, and others) Pulitzer Prize books, Newseum family membership and Newseum tickets.

Guests: Open house attendees may purchase discounted $11 admission tickets for up to five guests at the door. Guests accompanying teachers do not need to register in advance and they are not eligible for door prizes. Priority seating in programs will go to educators; guests will be admitted if space permits.

Hours/schedule: The Newseum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Teacher Open House check-in and registration begins at 9 a.m. The event’s special programming runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can find a tentative schedule of events here.

AccommodationsComing in from out of town for Teacher Open House, which happens to fall on a three-day holiday weekend? Two local hotels are offering a special discount of 18% off the advertised room rate:

  • Liaison Capitol Hill. Book directly via this link OR enter corporate promo code NEWSEUMTRAVEL if booking from their website.
  • The Embassy Row. Book directly via this link OR enter corporate promo code NEWSEUMTRAVEL if booking from their website.

Transportation/parking: The Newseum has a paid parking garage and is within walking distance of Yellow and Green line Metro stations.

Teacher eligibility: You must be an active teacher, principal, counselor, librarian, school level staff, school district level staff, state level staff or college professor to receive free admission. Retired teachers are NOT included. 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. Tour operators, please bring a business card for ID purposes. Not sure if you qualify? Contact us.

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We are particularly looking forward to welcoming Lacey Glasford from Nebraska, the winner of our Teacher Appreciation Sweepstakes this spring. Her prize package included airfare and housing (courtesy of the Liaison Capitol Hill) to attend 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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