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Suggested itineraries and gallery guides help you meet educational goals, keep your group organized and make the most of your museum visit.

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Navigating 15 galleries, 15 theaters and 250,000 square feet of exhibit space with students is no easy feat. Our resources below will help you quickly find the right combination of exhibits, classes and activities to engage your students, meet your learning goals and efficiently move through the museum.

“We travel from New York City to the Newseum, and it is well worth the expense and trouble. Best museum in the country.” — Ann Roberts, teacher, City and Country School

NewseumED staff would be happy to discuss your field trip plan or answer any questions you might have. Call us at 202/292-6650 or email educationprograms@newseum.org.

Bringing a Group?

Find everything you need to book a visit for your class or group, including our field trip request form, information on school and youth group admission prices and our field trip policies and procedures.

If you’re an individual looking to buy general admission tickets, you can do so by visiting www.newseum.org/tickets/.

Things to Know Before You Go

Tickets

All tickets are good for two consecutive days. Tour any day and come back the next day for free! See a full list of student and chaperone pricing.

Group entrance

Please enter through the main entrance on Pennsylvania Avenue. Your tickets will be held for you at the group admissions desk. The Newseum does not provide bus parking. Note: Due to construction, C Street will be closed to buses indefinitely beginning June 1, 2016. Bus staging will occur on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Lunch

Visit the Group Dining Options page to find several quick and economical ways to enjoy lunch at the Newseum in the The Food Section by Wolfgang Puck. Please note that outside food and beverage may NOT be consumed in the Newseum. Students may bring in their own lunches, but they must remain in their backpacks and be eaten offsite. There is no storage at the Newseum for student lunches.

Gallery guides

Thematics, standards-aligned gallery guides support student understanding of the exhibits. They’re ready to go as PDFs and available as Word documents for easy customization.

Green jackets

Lost? Have a question about an exhibit? Look for the Visitor Services Representatives in green jackets throughout the building; they’ll be happy to answer any questions.

Glass elevators

Students (and teachers!) love riding the glass elevators and getting the best view of all seven levels. Entry is on the Hubbard Broadcasting Concourse level.

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5-Hour Highlights Itinerary

This set takes you through some of the most popular galleries for students and teachers, including the Berlin Wall Gallery and the NBC News Interactive News Room.

Time Activity Location
 

9 a.m.

 

Arrive Group Entrance

Level 1

9:30 a.m. NewseumED Class: Introduction to the First Amendment

Get a brief overview of the five freedoms.

Documentary Theater

Concourse Level

10 a.m. Berlin Wall Gallery

Eight sections of the original wall and a guard tower once located near Checkpoint Charlie

Concourse Level
10:30 a.m. Today’s Front Pages

Front pages from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, plus selected international newspapers

Level 6
11:00 a.m. News History Gallery

Extensive collection of historic newspapers and magazines that tell the timeless story of news

Level 5
11:30 a.m. 9/11 Gallery

Featuring front pages from Sept. 12, 2001, and the antenna mast from the North Tower of the World Trade Center

Level 4
noon Lunch

Choose hot and cold entrees a la carte, or order boxed lunches or meal vouchers ahead of time.

The Food Section

Concourse Level

12:40 p.m. Internet, TV and Radio Gallery

Timeline tracing milestones in the growth of radio, television and Internet news

Level 3
1:20 p.m.
Interactive Newsroom and Ethics Center

Interactive, multiplayer ethics game and real-life scenarios

Level 2
2 p.m. Depart

 

Group Entrance

Level 1

 

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3-Hour Media Literacy Itinerary

This set shows the importance of being an informed news consumer. Recommended stops include the Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery and the NBC News Interactive News Room.

Time Activity Location
 

9 a.m.

 

Arrive Group Entrance

Level 1

9:15 a.m. “What’s News?” Film

Length: Eight minutes, shown throughout the day

Orientation Theater

Concourse Level

9:30 a.m. NewseumED Class: Believe It or Not?

Gain tools for analyzing and evaluating information in print and online.

Learning Center

Concourse Level

10:40 a.m. News History Gallery

Extensive collection of historic newspapers and magazines that tell the timeless story of news

Level 5
11:10 a.m. Internet, TV and Radio Gallery

Timeline tracing milestones in the growth of radio, television and Internet news

Level 3
11:30 a.m. Interactive Newsroom and Ethics Center

Interactive, multiplayer ethics game and real-life scenarios

Level 2
noon Depart

 

Group Entrance

Level 1

 

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3-Hour Media Ethics Itinerary

This set helps students see the dilemmas and pitfalls journalists face in the course of reporting the news. Recommended stops include three theaters adjacent to the News History Gallery.

Time Activity Location
 

9 a.m.

 

Arrive Group Entrance

Level 1

9:15 a.m. “What’s News?” Film

Length: Eight minutes, shown throughout the day

Orientation Theater

Concourse Level

9:30 a.m. Learning Center Class: Media Ethics

Length: 50 minutes

Learning Center

Concourse Level

10:40 a.m. News History Gallery

Extensive collection of historic newspapers and magazines that tell the timeless story of news

 

View “Sources”, “Bias” and “Getting it Right” Films

Length: Approximately eight minutes each, shown continuously

Level 5
11:10 a.m. Interactive Newsroom and Ethics Center

Interactive, multiplayer ethics game and real-life scenarios

Level 2
noon Depart

 

Group Entrance

Level 1

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Note to Teachers

You know your students best. Please use these gallery suggestions above as a guide — there are other sections of the Newseum that also might appeal to you and to your students. Some galleries and exhibits may be too graphic or intense for certain ages.

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EDCollections

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