Located on Pennsylvania Avenue – America’s Main Street – the Newseum makes history, civics and media literacy relevant to students’ lives. Seven floors of theaters and exhibits let students experience the biggest news stories of all time and the power of the First Amendment in an engaging, hands-on way.
The Newseum features 15 galleries, 15 theaters and 250,000 square feet of exhibit space. Luckily, NewseumED’s newly revamped website, www.newseumED.org helps you quickly find the right combination of exhibits, classes (free with admission), sample itineraries and activities to engage your students, meet your learning goals and easily move through the museum.
Online you’ll find pre-visit lesson plans. Activities explore balancing those rights and when limits may be necessary, the ethical responsibilities of a free press, media literacy and the importance of an informed citizenry.
In addition, NewseumED offers standards-aligned gallery guides that support student understanding of the exhibits. Want to learn how the press covers the presidency or how others have used First Amendment freedoms to foster social change? There are guides for that.
Once your visit to Washington is over, NewseumED is still relevant. The website offers post-visit lessons, as well as hundreds of historic newspapers and artifacts, videos, interactive tools and activities to bring the Newseum back to your classroom.
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Sign up to get the most out of NewseumED’s resources. Being a registered user gives you complete access to our library of primary sources, artifacts and periodicals, including copyrighted materials. Registration is free, secure, and only takes a minute.
Once you’ve registered, you’ll discover how NewseumED brings history, civics and media literacy to life.
Explore important topics in depth using primary sources, artifacts from the Newseum’s collection and interactive learning tools.
Explore important topics in depth using interactive learning tools, multimedia primary sources and artifacts from the Newseum’s collection and beyond. Each EDCollection brings together rare archival materials, primary sources, original content and standards-aligned lesson plans to provide an immersive learning experience. Dive in to encounter fresh perspectives on history and engage with today’s most pressing issues and debates. All of our resources are designed to support national standards of learning, including Common Core.
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Education meets inspiration at the Newseum, where there’s more to every story. Students will unlock a deeper understanding of history, media and current events as they explore our 15 galleries, 15 theaters and dozens of interactive spaces and up-to-the-minute displays.
D.C. Metro Area Schools
D.C. metro area schools visit the Newseum free, thanks to a program sponsored by WTOP 103.5 FM. To qualify for the free schools program, schools must have a group reservation and be located in one of the jurisdictions listed below:
- Washington, D.C.
- Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Calvert County, Charles County, Frederick County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, St. Mary’s County
- Virginia: Arlington County, Fairfax County, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Stafford County, City of Alexandria, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park
Schools Outside the D.C. Metro Area
Schools outside the sponsorship area qualify for a special discounted school field trip rate.