This is a bit of a disappointment as I had been looking forward to this opening for several years now.
While the original was free to visit, the new Newseum will charge an admission fee of $17.95.
Those administering this tourist trap are going to have to stop and ask themselves, once people have already been there, done that, and bought the T-shirt (provided this piece of apparel isn't priced through the roof either), at that cost are people going to return for a second visit?
If the Newseum charged a more modest fee, one would think one would more likely encourage return visits on the part of locals, many of whom are increasingly reluctant to go downtown anyway since (despite the image the propaganda tries to promote) much of the city looks more like a Third World slum than the capital of the free world.
Though I'd be reluctant to plop down money for either, you are probably better off paying just a bit more to go to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
by Frederick Meekins