Newseum Opens Today With Cannon Fire, Festival, Reviews

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By: The Associated Press and E&P Staff

The Newseum is celebrating its grand opening with great fanfare.

A bald eagle flew overhead, cannons fired confetti and a huge newspaper front page was unrolled across the front of the glass building Friday morning. The headline screams “NEWSEUM OPENS.”

Newseum chief executive Charles Overby says the $450 million museum will be a beacon for First Amendment freedoms for many years. Trustee Louis Boccardi, former president of The Associated Press, says visitors can experience the museum like a newspaper by choosing the stories and history they find most interesting.

A portion of Pennsylvania Avenue is closed for a street festival for much of the day. Admission to the museum is free Friday; after that, there is a $20 fee for adults and $13 for those ages 7 to 12.

The New York Times carries two lengthy takes on the Newseum today, with the museum critic finding much to like, and and some to criticize, while the architecture critic pretty much pans the structure. E&P staffers will be visiting the Newseum this weekend.

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