My family and I visited Washington, DC during spring break last year (2009). We enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city - including all of the "standard" DC attractions. Our hotel concierge told us that the Newseum was celebrating its 1st Anniversary that weekend and that we should visit. Boy, were we ever impressed. The Newseum has so much to offer! Our kids (ages 8 and 3 at the time) loved the interactive activities and the films that ran constantly. We got to see a large portion of the Berlin Wall - a great teaching point for our children. We looked at newspapers dating back to what seemed like the invention of the printing press.... I could not believe the number of newspapers they had on display. The Newseum was organized, engaging and downright FUN. Every level of the Newseum had something new and interesting to offer. As a photographer, I was expecially interested in the Pulitzer Prize winning photojuornalism on display. this display was breathtaking. Every inch of this place tells a story - it's the story of our country, our history and our lives. We didn't know what to expect heading in the door but we were very, very glad we had stepped in. We went to several musuems on our trip and THIS museum was by far THE BEST. I highly recommend this museum to everyone. Be sure, though, to reserve several hours for your visit. There are 4-5 stories of galleries to see.
This museum costs $20 to get in and that is in contrast to all the free museums at the mall, but this was well worth it. The 9/11 memorial was amazing as well as the memorial for fallen reporters. Worth the admission and you need at least 3 hours cover everything properly.
I went to the National Press club for training event. It was beautifully ornamented with flag of every country inside of the well preserved National Press club in Washington DC.