south american children on horseback newseum

A photo of a Pulitzer Prize-winning shot taken by a Los Angeles Times photojournalist from a moving train in South America, on display at the Newseum.

A front page with an incorrect lead story.

The Newseum is a relatively new museum (established 2008) dedicated to celebrating journalism and freedom of expression. It is located in the heart of Washington, DC, just down the street from the Capitol, which visitors can see from the balcony. Sadly, the Newseum will close as of December 31, 2019.

Outside the Newseum are the current front pages of one newspaper from each state, and even a few countries. Inside, exhibits include historic headlines, part of the Berlin Wall, and the World Press Freedom Map, which compares freedom of the press around the world.

A lesson about comic strips.

Many famous authors throughout history have also reported the news, commented on it, or done a bit of both. Several are featured at the Newseum, including Mark Twain, Upton Sinclair, Nellie Bly, and many others. Take a look around to see the impact their reporting had on the world, plus some very cool artifacts. You can even find Mark Twain’s pipe and inkwell! (You can read about other Mark Twain locations by clicking on any of these pages: Mark Twain’s house in ConnecticutMark Twain’s workplace in Nevada, and Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home and Museum in Missouri.)

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Read more at If traveling in the summer, be sure to take advantage of the Summer Fun Deal: “the Newseum waives admission for youth visitors age 18 and younger. Up to four kids visit for free with each paid adult or senior admission” through Labor Day.

The Newseum is the second stop on our District of Columbia Trail!

Katie Smart