Playing Tourist at Home

If you live in DC and you’re anything like me, you generally avoid the city’s museums and monuments unless you have visitors in town.  As such, I saw the Newseum for the first time when my parents were in town for graduation.

Waiting this long was my loss because the museum is great and a special treat for First Amendment fanatics.  The museum entrance fee of $20 covers two days, which you might want to take advantage of because we couldn’t make it through in one visit.

The Pulitzer Prize winning photograph gallery could be a museum in itself, but be sure to make it to News History Gallery and the First Amendment Gallery also.  For me, the most moving part was the Berlin Wall exhibit, which includes a portion of the wall.  The display includes detailed information about the importance of information traveling to East Berlin even when residents were not allowed to travel to the West.

If your parents are in town, you might try to hit up one of the nearby Penn Quarter restaurants.  Otherwise, save extra time to check out the views of Pennsylvania Avenue from the museum terrace.

Photo courtesy Pop + Politics.

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