Saturday, 29 March 2008

Newseum countdown

The $450 million interactive Newseum in Washington, D.C., officially opens April 11, but if you can't get there, Newseum's popular web site should satisfy your curiosity.

The seven-level museum at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue has "14 major galleries, 15 theaters, two broadcast studios and a 4-D time-travel experience" that blend "five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and innovation."

Admission is free on opening day and ABC's Good Morning America will be there to give media-minded viewers a peak of the 250,000-square-foot media museum.

If print and broadcast media in Toronto, or Canada for that matter, can't get their media history act together for a museum, at least Newseum will have some Canadian content.

One of the many features, available since early last year on the Newseum web site, will be selected daily newspaper front pages from hundreds of newspapers around the world.

What a boost it has been for the global media village.

Today, for example, there are 570 front pages from 53 countries online, including 21 front pages from across Canada.

Newseum's FAQ explains how the front pages are selected:

"Every morning, more than 500 newspapers from around the world submit their front pages to the Newseum via the Internet to be part of Today's Front Pages.

"When the Newseum opens in 2008 in downtown Washington, D.C., the Today's Front Pages gallery will give visitors an up-close look at the day's news on up to 80 newspaper front pages from every state, the District of Columbia and countries around the world.

"The gallery — featuring a spectacular view of the U.S. Capitol — will provide the perfect setting for visitors contemplating the relationship between press and democracy.

"Until then, the full selection of front pages is available on each day by 9:30 a.m."

After opening day, admission to the museum will be $20 for adults (13 to 64); $18 for seniors (65 and older); $13 for yutes (7 to 12) and children six and under get in free.

(Newseum opens April 11? Hey, that's nice of them to open it on this blogger's birthday. Haven't been to D.C. since the '60s, but Newseum is definitely a motivator.)

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