Last days of news museum in Washington draw crowds

Economic recession, lack of funding could have led to closure

The bespoke museum of journalism and the media shut its doors for the last time on Dec 31, 2019, as it could not make ends meet.
The front pages of American newspapers the morning after the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, on display at the Newseum in Washington. The bespoke museum of journalism and the media shut its doors for the last time on Tuesday as it could not make en
The front pages of American newspapers the morning after the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, on display at the Newseum in Washington. The bespoke museum of journalism and the media shut its doors for the last time on Tuesday as it could not make ends meet. Several visitors expressed disappointment at its closure. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The irony was palpable, as the lines for the Newseum formed around the block in its last few days.

The bespoke museum of journalism and the media, with a news helicopter suspended from its high ceiling, a chunk of the Berlin Wall, a grand view of the Capitol from its sunny high windows, and its wall full of front pages of American newspapers the morning after the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, shut its doors for the last time on Tuesday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2020, with the headline 'Last days of news museum in Washington draw crowds'. Subscribe