The Newseum

Washington, D.C.

The Newseum is the first interactive museum devoted to the “who, what, when, where, and how" of news.

Visitor circulation and narrative flow take full advantage of the views of the galleries, of people moving about within the building, and of the city beyond

The museum includes twenty-seven hours of video-based content, a hundred and thirty interactive stations, and fifteen high-definition theaters in fourteen galleries over seven floors.

Other features are two fully operational television broadcast studios with editing suites and control rooms, a five-hundred-thirty-five-seat theater, a rooftop conference center, a food court, a signature fine-dining restaurant, two gift shops, and administrative offices. The exhibition’s infrastructure supports immediate updating of content in each gallery on a daily basis.

The Newseum is one of Washington’s most popular tourist destinations and one of the most sought-after event venues in the nation’s capital.


Polshek Partnership Architects


Public Facility: 250,000 square feet

Exhibitions: 70,000 square feet

Total project: 643,000 square feet

  • Museums + Heritage Award, Best International Project

  • Mid-Atlantic Construction Best of 2008, Cultural Project of the Year

  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), 2008 Diamond Award to RAA's consultant LERA

  • Society for Environmental Graphic Design, Honor Award

  • 15th Annual THEA Award, Outstanding Achievement: Museum

  • Design Award, Federal Republic of Germany, Nomination

  • Event Design Awards, Gold Winner, Best Museum Environment

  • Industrial Designers Society of America, Gold Industrial Design Excellence Award for Museum Exhibits and Set Design

  • I.D. Annual Design Review, Honorable Mention Award for Environment

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