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Key Info

555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Price & Hours

$24.95 for adults; $14.95 for kids 7-18; free ...
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

This sleek attraction is one of the District's most popular museums. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue and accessible via the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro stop on the Green and Yellow lines and the Judiciary Square Metro stop on the Red Line, the Newseum is a museum dedicated to, what else, the news. Visitors enter an atrium – complete with a huge television screen and a news helicopter – which leads into 15 galleries on the history of the news.

Though ticket prices are steep, past visitors said the museum is well worth the pricey admission cost. To get your money and time's worth, plan on visiting this museum twice – your ticket is good for two consecutive days – so you'll have ample time to explore must-see exhibits like the 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast, the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery and the Berlin Wall Gallery.

The Newseum welcomes visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Inauguration Day and days when private events are scheduled. Tickets cost $24.95 (plus tax) for adults and $14.95 (plus tax) for children ages 7 to 18. Free or reduced admissions are also available for seniors and kids younger than 7. In addition to the museum's exhibits, travelers will find restrooms, a gift shop, the quick-service Express Bar and the Wolfgang Puck-affiliated food court. There's also a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, The Source, for more substantial meals. For additional information, check out the Newseum website.

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Although the Lincoln Memorial is just one of the District's many monuments, the larger-than-life Honest Abe is also among travelers' favorites. History buffs might enjoy the man of few (albeit powerful) words' two famous speeches, the second inaugural address and the Gettysburg Address, which are both etched into the memorial's opposing walls. Meanwhile, art history and architecture aficionados will enjoy admiring the building's striking design by Henry Bacon, complete with 38 Doric columns, 36 of which signify the states in the Union at the time Lincoln passed away.

Though most agree the Lincoln Memorial is worth checking out during the day or at night, many recent travelers say the most captivating time to visit is after dark when the attraction is lit and less crowded. Plus, evening temps will make peak summer visits more comfortable.

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