The first amendment gives us five freedoms: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. The free expression of these five freedoms are promoted all throughout Washington D.C.’s Newseum.

The Newseum amplifies the first amendment by not only telling, but showing every aspect of the history of news from when it first started out to present day.

This unique museum is six stories tall. Each floor has anywhere from three to six exhibits that display the history and impact of news.

Christina, from Virginia Beach, VA, took a day trip to D.C. with her husband to visit the Newseum.  

Christina was caught off guard after going through the Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics exhibit on level six of the museum. She said she was not expecting to see history of music, but was glad to see it represented.

The one thing that really touched home with Christina were the photos, she said.

I knew I would see a lot of photos,” said Christina. “I just didn’t know what I would see in those and how people are able to portray such detailed photos - photos portraying a lot of different emotions, a lot of painful photos but also like more positive photos.”

One of the interesting parts of the museum is how they show news clips and articles from tragic events such as 9/11 terrorist attack or the Challenger explosion, she said.

Nancy Spalding from Sandwich, NH, was told by her sister that the Newseum was the best thing to see in Washington. She jumped on the opportunity to visit the museum right away, she said.

Spalding was most impacted by the newsreels and the pictures that she remembered seeing and happening at the time, like the Challenger explosion, she said.

“It just brings back a lot of memories,” said Spalding. “So it’s one of those things you remember where you were when it happened.”

Although Jim Garvey, from suburban Philadelphia, doesn’t watch the news, he still enjoyed tagging along with his two guests from Wisconsin to tour the Newseum, he said.

“When I think about history I think about the kind of the stuff I was taught growing up, which is very miniscule,” said Christina. “So it's just amazing to see like all of the history I missed or failed to pay attention to or research myself.”

 

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