Where is Newseum?
In the basement of a glass building in the middle of Washington’s government district stands a piece of the Berlin Wall. It is part of a permanent exhibition at the Newseum, a media Museum in the US capital, and is intended to show visitors what it means to live in a dictatorship where freedom of expression and the press are restricted. But it looks like it won’t be there much longer – the future of the Newseum is uncertain.
For eleven years, the mighty building has been a monument to journalism, prominently located between the White House and the Capitol. But according to US media reports, the Museum is heavily indebted. In January, the foundation behind it sold the building to a private university for 372.5 million US dollars (331.72 million euros). It was a difficult decision, but Responsibility had to be taken, explained Jan Neuharth, director of the foundation. The Museum is to remain open until the end of the year. The foundation is looking for a new accommodation, after which the end could threaten.
One can see this as a symbol for the situation of the media industry, which has been struggling with economic problems for years. As a gloomy Symbol of a time in which US President Donald Trump has insulted journalists as “enemies of the people” and not a few people have lost faith in the media.
Address: 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Tickets: $14–25 · newseum.org
Founded: April 18, 1997
Architect: James Polshek
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