Newseum Redesigns Web Site With First Inside Views Of New Home

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By: Joe Strupp

As it moves closer to opening a spanking new headquarters in Washington, D.C. next fall, the Newseum has taken another step toward promoting interest in the new digs, with a redesigned Web site that offers a first-glimpse of the new location’s galleries and features.

“This new and improved web site is designed to help people understand our new Newseum better,” said Charles L. Overby, Newseum CEO.

The Web site, which has long been a favorite for its daily collection of newspaper front pages from around the world, will continue to offer that feature via an easier-to-navigate program, organizers said. But it will now include the first inside views of the facility, ranging from galleries to video feeds of the continued construction.

“Visitors can get a sneak peek of the building through a virtual tour of the museum’s seven levels of exhibit experiences, brought to life through artist’s renderings and detailed descriptions of galleries, theaters and studios,” Newseum officials said in a release Monday. “The tour also features information on where museum-goers can shop and dine while visiting the Newseum.”

The new location — a 250,000-square-foot building — will “offer visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits,” the release said. It also includes 14 major galleries, 15 theaters, two broadcast studios and more than a dozen additional exhibits and displays. “It will provide a unique environment that takes museum-goers behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made,” officials stated.

The Newseum, which is operated through the Freedom Forum, first opened in 1997 in Arlington, Va. That site closed in 2002 as plans began for the new location, which will open in September 2007.

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