My friends and I arrived at the Newseum, a 250,000-square-foot museum dedicated to the history of news, just as a downpour started. Even though the weather got better, we spent the entire afternoon exploring its six floors of displays. That’s the First Amendment inscribed on the front of the museum:
In the first level was an amazing wall-mounted sculpture made of rescued type:
The section devoted to coverage of Sept. 11, 2001, was really impressive. What looks like a sculpture here is a chunk of the radio tower formerly atop the World Trade Center. In the background are an assortment of international front pages from Sept. 12:
It would have been easy to spend a few more days in the museum, especially because of this area, full of hundreds of front pages depicting historic events:
The next day, I spent some time at the National Portrait Gallery before my flight left. Unfortunately, photography was prohibited in many of the areas, so I don’t have any pictures of amazing art to show you, but I do have a picture of this wonderful outlook:
And of the newly remodeled atrium:
What impressed me most about DC is how affordable it is. So many of the museums are free (though the Newseum’s admission is $20), that my only real expenses were food and Metro passes! Plus, my friends and I stayed at a very swank hotel for cheap because they cater to business travelers, who head home on weekends.
Even though my list of places to visit is miles long, I know I’ll head back to DC again before long to hit up all the museums I had to skip this time.