The Newseum’s Debut

A Newsworthy Debut

The Newseum. Photo by Sam Kittner.

At press time, Washington’s newest museum, the Newseum, was scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2008. It will feature news history, interactive exhibits and, of course, the latest breaking news. Located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, NW, the building’s architectural elements reflect the museum’s media roots and include a 74-foot-high engraving of the First Amendment and an immense front wall of glass, symbolizing transparency in reporting. The Newseum occupies roughly one-third of the 643,000-square-foot building, which also is home to Wolfgang Puck’s new restaurant, The Source, a conference center and residential apartments.

Building architect: Polshek Partnership Architects, New York, NY. Photo © Sam Kittner, courtesy of the Newseum.