Newseum Closes Next Month


(AP) The Newseum, a permanent exhibit on journalism, will close its doors in suburban Arlington, Va., on March 3, to reopen in downtown Washington in 2005.

The site of the new building, on Pennsylvania Avenue halfway between the Capitol and the White House, is being cleared. Besides the museum itself, the new building will house offices, condominiums, and a restaurant.

The project is expected to cost between $300 million and $400 million.

Over 2.2 million visitors have visited the Newseum since it opened in April 1997. Organizers point out that most people who visit the Newseum must make a special trip across the Potomac River from the usual tourist spots. The new site is across from the National Gallery of Art.

Freedom Park, next to the present site, will remain open. It includes the largest section of the Berlin wall on display outside of Germany.

Over the next month, the Newseum will host a special exhibit on the Sept. 11 attacks, and shows on women photographers, the African-American press, editorial cartoons, and home run king Barry Bonds.

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