Friday, October 5, 2007
Newseum: 250,000-square-foot museum of American news
Two days ago, on October 3, 2007, more than 200 American newspaper editors from around the nation put the Newseum’s most ambitious interactive exhibits and films to the test during a behind-the-scenes preview. Yet, for pretty obvious reasons American media giants seem to have liked this venture even priorly to this extraordinary effort. Costing $435 million by now NY Times wrote "it may be one of the world’s most expensive museums now under construction" and "certainly among the most prominent, perched on the last buildable site on the presidential inaugural parade route between the Capitol and the White House".
Newseum is a 250,000-square-foot museum of American news "blending the High-Tech with historical" currently under construction at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Featuring seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services, Newseum will soon allow visitors to experience how and why news is made. "The visitor will come away with a better understanding of news and the important role it plays in all of our lives," says Newseum Executive Director and Senior Vice President Joe Urschel, promising it will be "educational, inspirational and a whole lot of fun."
The folks from Newseum haven’t set an exact opening date yet, but they claim it will be up sometime during 2008. In the meantime they have a fantastic website up at newseum.org. Amongst others news related stuff this website offers a great opportunity to get a close look at daily newspaper front pages in their original, unedited form from 52 states.