Newseum FREE Admission - Smithsonian Museum Day - No More Tickets Available

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September 1 Update:

The Newseum has distributed all of their available tickets for the free Smithsonian Museum Day admission on Saturday, September 21. If you do not have a Smithsonian Museum Day ticket for the Newseum (example pictured above) you will not be able to enter for free.

As stated in the event description (below) - participants wishing to visit the Newseum for free on September 21 needed to officially register for a ticket via the Smithsonian web link provided - just RSVP’ing for this via this Meetup/Facebook/Eventbrite IS NOT a free admission ticket. Full details provided in the event description.

If you registered for a free ticket you would have received an email confirmation from “” titled “Museum Day Tickets” with a link to download your ticket. We have included a screen shot of what the top portion of downloadable ticket looks like - the bottom portion having your name and email address.

Smithsonian Museum Day ticket holders will enter using the C Street Group Entrance on the back of the building, not the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance (this is different than years past). Our group will also be meeting outside of the C Street entrance by 9 a.m.

If you do not have a Smithsonian Museum Day ticket, you can still visit the Newseum on September 21 you would just need to buy your ticket. Purchase tickets online in advance and receive a 15% discount:

You can also obtain a free ticket for any of the other museums participating in Smithsonian Museum Day by visiting the following link:

Thank you.


Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 21, 2019 only - a $24.95 savings.

Washington, DC History & Culture, a non-profit community organization, has participated in Museum Day for the past several years, helping to promote both the Museum Day program itself as well as the participating museums. The Newseum is one our personal favorites. As a long-time member/supporter we’re happy to help bring people in for a FREE visit.

PLEASE NOTE: The Newseum only has a very limited supply of the FREE Smithsonian Museum Day tickets and those MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE via the Smithsonian Magazine web site (which is completely separate from this posting by our organization) - additional details below under “Registration:”

What’s the Newseum like?

Our YouTube video will show you recent visits to some noteworthy exhibits, past and present:

The Newseum Web Site:

Additional Event Info - Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Web Site:

Unfortunately, the Newseum has an uncertain future as they’ve sold their Pennsylvania Avenue building to Johns Hopkins University and they are looking for a new home. Press Release:




- FREE Smithsonian Museum Day admission is for Saturday, September 21, 2019 only.

- A very LIMITED SUPPLY of advance tickets, which allow for admission of two people, are available to the public via the following link: and MUST BE RESERVED IN ADVANCE - and are only available while supplies last.

- Advanced registration is required via the link above - no exceptions - because the Newseum is only able to accommodate a limited number of free participants during the Smithsonian Museum Day.

- If you don’t register for a ticket via the above web link beforehand you will not be allowed free admission, but you can still enter the Newseum by purchasing a paid ticket:

- All are welcome to attend including children and groups.

- You are able to participate in this event on your own, or with members of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture.

- Please note that Washington, DC History & Culture, the organization posting this announcement, is not associated with the Newseum nor Smithsonian magazine - in other words, we are not distributing the tickets ourselves we are simply helping to promote this event as a community service, which is why the separate ticket registration is required.

- RSVP’ing for this event through the Washington, DC History & Culture web sites (Meetup, Facebook, Eventbrite, etc.) allows you to receive event updates and visitor suggestions from us via email, social media, etc.

- To obtain a free Museum Day ticket you must register in advance via the following link:

Weather: This event is indoors and will take place rain or shine. If it’s on our calendar, then we’re proceeding as scheduled.

Meeting Point: Outside the C Street group entrance. The Newseum opens at 9:00 am. However, as this is an extremely popular event we highly recommend arriving as early as possible if you can, to bypass the masses that will show up later in the day.

Once the museum opens we recommend immediately heading to the 6th floor to avoid the crowds since many people start on the lower levels. On the 6th floor, the Hank Greenspun Terrace, which overlooks Pennsylvania Avenue and the U.S. Capitol, has one of the best views in Washington, DC. After that we/you can proceed through the museum exhibits starting on the 6th floor and working our way down. The Newseum is open until 5:00 pm and guests are free to arrive and depart whenever they like.

Meet People: Throughout the day look for people wearing our “Washington, DC History & Culture” stickers, which we'll hand so that you will know who is in our group. : )

Additional Questions: Anything that can’t be answered by the above event description, Google, or common sense please let us know.


This program is presented by the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture: “bringing people together to experience the history and culture of Washington, DC.”

For more fun and educational programs visit us at:


We look forward to seeing you - thanks!

Robert Kelleman

Washington, DC History & Culture

(and Newseum member)

202-821-6325 (text only)

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