Better late than never — this is the final post in Museums Month!
One of Washington D.C.’s newest museums is the Newseum, devoted to the history of news. The front of the building includes a stone wall engraved with the beginning section of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This overlooks Pennsylvania Avenue, making it something every president will see on his or her Inauguration Day parade route. The lobby of the museum displays the daily front page of 80 newspapers from around the world.
ALA’s Scholarship Bash will take place at the Newseum this year on Saturday, June 26, from 7 to 11 p.m. Tax-deductible tickets include admission to the Newseum and cost $40 before conference and $45 onsite. Learn more and register at the ALA Annual Scholarship Bash page.
Permanent exhibits within the museum cover a variety of topics, including the flow of news, news in the Web 2.0 world, and photography in the news. Major events also receive their own exhibits, including 9/11, Watergate, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. (The Newseum claims to hold the largest collection of Berlin Wall pieces outside of Germany!) A map displays the current condition of free press around the world, which recently changed a bit according to a story in the Washington Post. Special exhibits that are currently on display are devote to Elvis, Sports Illustrated Photography, Tim Russert, and the one I am dying to see – First Dogs: Presidential Pets in the White House.
The Newseum does charge admission but the tickets are good for two days. Tickets purchased online receive a 10% discount. If you are not able to visit the Newseum, the website is worth exploring. It has resources for students and teachers, games, and even a virtual tour of the museum.
Other museums we did not cover during Museum Month but worth checking out include O Mansion, African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, National Museum of Health and Medicine, and the National Museum of Crime and Punishment.
As we get closer to Annual, are there any other topics you would like the Local Arrangements Committee to cover? Leave a comment and let us know!