Newseum, the Museum Devoted to Press Freedom, Has a Closing Date

The Freedom Forum is shuttering the journalism-focused exhibition space

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The Newseum opened 11 years ago. Getty Images

The Newseum, the museum devoted to journalism and the freedoms associated with the First Amendment, will fold at the end of the year.

The museum, which sits near the National Mall in Washington D.C., will close its doors Dec. 31. The Newseum’s mission to highlight journalism included exhibits devoted to showcasing Pulitzer Prize-winning photography, the day’s noteworthy newspaper front pages, a place to honor those who covered 9/11 and commemorate those whose lives were lost in the line of journalism.

The building that housed the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue will be sold to Johns Hopkins University, which plans to use the facility for its graduate programs.

After opening the museum more than 11 years ago, The Freedom Forum, its main financier and overseer, announced the Newseum would close due to financial constraints. “It has struggled financially for a number of years, and continuing to operate in our current location has proven unsustainable,” according to an unsigned Newseum blog post.

When The Freedom Forum announced its plans to sell the infrastructure to Johns Hopkins University, Jan Neuharth, chair and chief executive of the Freedom Forum, told The Washington Post that the museum would relocate, but a new location had not been secured.

There was no mention of relocating the museum in the Newseum’s blog post announcing the closing. Instead, the post encouraged visitors to come by before the end of the year—and reminded them that tickets can be purchased online for 15% off.

@SaraJerde Sara Jerde is publishing editor at Adweek, where she covers traditional and digital publishers’ business models. She also oversees political coverage ahead of the 2020 election.