The Newseum is Big News
Our Guest Blogger, Alison Storm, is a freelance writer, a coffee drinker and a travel addict living in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband Tim and min pin, Bruno. Alison wanted to share the latest in architectural innovations with the readers at InventorSpot.com.
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It's big news in Washington DC- the opening of the $450 million Newseum. Just over a month remains before show time when the doors to the 250,000 square foot museum open to the public. Planning and design for the Newseum has been in the works for six years. Polshek Partnership Architects designed the structure to mimic a three-dimensional newspaper and since the primary purpose of the project is to communicate the world of news to its visitors, that seems fitting. The open, glass design appropriately signifies freedom of speech and illustrates the goal of the Newsuem, to be a place where people can openly learn about the role of journalists in our world today and throughout history.
This seven-level structure occupies what organizers call the last open site on Pennsylvania Avenue, a street shared with impressive neighbors including the Canadian Embassy, The Federal Trade Commission and, of course, the White House . Not only is the building itself making headlines, but the exhibits are also being called quite remarkable. According to the staff, the Newseum is made up of 81,000 pounds of artifacts, 367 historic newspapers, 99 television sets, and two television studios. The Newseum's 14 major galleries were artfully designed by Ralph Appelbaum and Associates . Exhibit highlights include eight sections of the Berlin Wall, a 40-by-22 foot high definition screen flashing breaking news, historic stories and documentaries, as well as a 74-foot high, 50 ton tablet of Tennessee marble etched with the words of the First Amendment.
On April 11, 2008, the Newseum will make headlines by opening up to the public. Opening day events are in the works and organizers say admission on the first day of business will be free. After that, tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $13 for children. Children under the age of seven will be admitted at no charge. Even though opening day isn't until next month, visit the Newseum's website to take a virtual tour.