Visit the Newseum for Free During the Smithsonian’s "Museum Day" @ Newseum, Washington [22 September]

Visit the Newseum for Free During the Smithsonian’s "Museum Day"

08:15 - 17:00

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555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide FREE entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides FREE admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Our Washington, DC History & Culture organization has participated in this event for the past several years, helping to promote both the Museum Day program itself as well as the participating museums.

The Newseum is one of my personal favorites, and I’m also a long-time member/supporter, and thus happy to bring people in for a FREE visit. The Newseum is open from 9:00 to 5:00 and participants are free to arrive and depart whenever they like.

Washington, DC History & Culture Web Site:

Smithsonian Museum Day Web Site:

The Newseum Web Site:


Registration: FREE tickets will be available for the public to download beginning at midnight on August 15, 2018 via the link: Advanced registration is requested via the web site above so that the museum sites know how many people to expect. If you don’t register via the above web link beforehand you may still be admitted the day of the event, but that is at the museum’s discretion, and no guarantee for admission. All are welcome to attend including children and groups.

Also please note that signing up for this event through the “Washington, DC History & Culture” web sites (Meetup, Facebook, Eventbrite, etc.) promoting this program is not a formal event registration with the Smithsonian — it merely allows you to receive event updates from us via email, social media, etc.

Weather: This event is indoors and will take place rain or shine. If it’s on our calendar, then we’re proceeding as scheduled.

Meeting Point #1: From 7:45 — 8:00 your host, Robert, will be in the Starbucks at 325 7th St NW before walking 2 blocks to the Newseum.

Meeting Point #2: Outside the Newseum’s Pennsylvania Avenue entrance. The Newseum opens at 9:00 am. However, as this is an extremely popular event we highly recommend arriving as early as possible, by 8:15 if you can, to bypass the masses that will show up later in the day.

Meeting Point #3: Once the museum opens we recommend immediately heading to the 6th floor to avoid the masses since most people start on the 1st floor. On the 6th floor, the Hank Greenspun Terrace, which overlooks Pennsylvania Avenue and the U.S. Capitol, has one of the best views in Washington, DC. After that we/you can proceed through the museums exhibits starting on the 6th floor and working our way down. The Newseum is open until 5:00 pm and guests are free to arrive and depart whenever they like.

Stickers: Throughout the day look for people with our “Washington, DC History & Culture” stickers, which we'll hand out to the first 500 arrivals, so you'll know who is in our group.: )

Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense please let us know.


This program is sponsored by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture: “bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.”

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We look forward to seeing you — thanks!

Robert Kelleman
[email protected]
202-821-6325 (text)
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