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Newseum Re-Opening Nears, after $450 Million Investment

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Newseum Re-Opening Nears, after $450 Million Investment

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The new $450 million home of a journalism museum called the Newseum will open on April 11, allowing it to lure in some of the thousands of tourists who will be in Washington for the famed cherry blossoms, officials said.

Admission will be free on opening day; after that, it will cost $20 for adults, making the Newseum the latest in a series of pricey new museums competing with the many free attractions in the capital. Children ages 7 to 12 will pay $13.

The previous incarnation of the Newseum, which was in Arlington, Va., and closed in 2002, was free. Officials at its parent organization, the Freedom Forum, decided to build a larger center closer to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall.

The new building on Pennsylvania Avenue has 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, 15 theaters, 14 major galleries and two broadcast studios.

There are interactive kiosks where visitors can put themselves in various journalism roles -- photographer, editor, reporter or anchor. One theater features what the museum calls a "4-D" film -- a 3-D movie with environmental effects, including seats that move and air gusts -- that covers news events over more than 150 years. …

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