The Newseum, located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C., announces its grand opening date today . From 6 a.m., the Newseum will simultaneously broadcast the date on its 40-by-22-foot electronic media screen, visible from Pennsylvania Avenue; post the grand opening announcement at newseum.org; and distribute a press release to local, national and international media outlets.
In addition to announcing the opening date, the Newseum will resume its popular Today’s Front Pages exhibit in new display cases installed at the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the museum. When the Newseum opens, daily front pages also will be featured in an expanded gallery within the museum.
The Newseum is a seven-level, 250, 000-square-foot interactive museum of news where five centuries of news history meets up-to-the-second technology. In its 14 major galleries and 15 theaters, the Newseum invites visitors to explore the history of news and how and why news is made.
Since the July 2000 announcement that the Newseum was planning to move from its original home in Arlington, Va., to historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the museum of news has progressed through a series of milestones including the closing of the original Newseum (March 2002), the unveiling of the new museum design (October 2002), the groundbreaking for construction (December 2003), and more. Thursday, the Newseum will mark another, penultimate milestone when it announces the official public grand opening date.