Meetings and Special Events

  1. What areas can be rented within the Newseum?

    The Newseum has a state-of-the-art Knight Conference Center located on levels 7 and 8 with commanding views of the U.S. Capitol, National Mall and surrounding museums. Additional spaces within the Newseum’s seven levels of galleries, exhibits and a 90-foot-high atrium can be rented for daytime and evening events.

  2. Are you able to host events year-round?

    Yes, with the exception of three holidays. We are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

  3. What are the hours of operation for the Knight Conference Center?

    Hours are 6:30 a.m. to midnight, or later upon prior request.

  4. What time can events begin and end in the Newseum?

    Newseum operating hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Setup for evening events can begin after closing at 5 p.m., and events may begin at 6:30 pm. Depending upon visitation on any given day, some pre-setup can begin earlier. All events must end by midnight, or later upon prior request. Please refer to event guidelines.

  5. Does the Newseum have parking for events?

    Parking is not available on the premises. We are happy to recommend valet-parking services for events or public parking facilities within walking distance.

  6. Are you located near a Metro?

    We are two blocks from the National Archives Station (Yellow or Green Line) and approximately three blocks from the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Judiciary Square stations (Red Line).

  7. Do you have access for guests with disabilities?

    Yes, we are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  8. Can I bring in an outside caterer?

    Wolfgang Puck Catering is the exclusive caterer for food, beverage and service.

  9. Can I bring in my own entertainment, florist, etc?

    Yes. Please review our event guidelines. We are happy to provide you with a list of recommended vendors. All vendors must be approved in advance by the Newseum and Wolfgang Puck Catering. No balloons are permitted in the atrium.

  10. Is a kosher kitchen on site?

    We do not have a kosher kitchen. If you require special meals, please discuss your requirements with the catering manager at Wolfgang Puck Catering.

  11. Is a deposit required to hold a date?

    The Newseum can hold a date for a limited time with no deposit. A 50 percent non-refundable deposit for the room fee and 50 percent of estimated food and beverage cost is due upon signing the contract.

  12. Do you offer direct billing?

    No. Prepayment is due 10 business days by check and credit card, and five business days by credit card only, prior to the event. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club and Discover. A deposit is also required at the signing of contract (50 percent rental fee and 50 percent F&B).

  13. Can I hire an outside audiovisual company for my event?

    The Newseum includes state-of-the-art technology, audiovisual resources and lighting services. All additional labor and services are at very competitive rates. If our staff is unable to accommodate your needs, we will suggest outside vendors that have worked here successfully for other clients. You may select your own outside vendor as well, subject to approval by Newseum Technical Operations.
  14. Can I hire an outside photographer or videographer for my wedding?

    Yes. We encourage you to select your own videographer and photographer for weddings. All vendors must be approved in advance by Newseum and Wolfgang Puck catering. We are delighted to recommend our local partners.

  15. What audiovisual services are included in the Knight Conference Center room fee?

    Each conference room on levels 7 and 8 is outfitted with the following:

    • Monitor or screen (sizes vary in each meeting room)
    • Free wireless password protected Internet access
    • Podium and microphones

    For a detailed list of equipment and the many services available for each space, please contact Newseum Technical Operations at 202-292-6277.

  16. Can I set up a coat check?

    Yes. There will be an additional charge based on the size of the group.

  17. If an event is held in the Knight Conference Center during regular business hours, do I have free access to the Newseum's exhibits?

    Yes. Upon request, we will provide attendees with complimentary tickets that are valid for two consecutive days.

  18. What is your smoking policy?

    Smoking is prohibited in interior spaces. Smoking is permitted on outside terraces.

  19. Is Newseum admission required for our guests?

    No, this is optional.

  20. Is there a food and beverage minimum?

    Yes. Our Newseum sales team can provide this information based on the rental location.

  21. Can large display items be brought in?

    Yes. Some items, such as motor vehicles, require removal of doors for access into the Newseum. There is a $1,500 fee to remove and replace doors.

  22. Can wedding ceremonies and receptions be held at the Newseum or the Knight Conference Center?

    Yes. Typically, wedding ceremonies are performed on one of our terraces, weather permitting, or in a separate interior space. Additionally, the 8th floor terrace of the Knight Conference Center can be tented. Your Wolfgang Puck Catering manager can provide pricing options for tenting the space.

  23. Are there restrictions regarding signage placement or branding items during events?

    No. Signs may be placed throughout pre-function and event spaces, including our lobby area. Additionally, branding can be placed in our elevators. Banners can be hung in certain areas of the Newseum and the Knight Conference Center, and branded gobo lighting can be created by our technical operations crew. We also require that your signage state the location of your event (for example, Knight Conference Center, or Newseum).

  24. Do you offer non-profit or government rates?

    No. All rates are standard.

  25. Is it possible to host a press conference in the Knight TV Studio without serving food and beverages?

    Yes. The Newseum’s Knight TV Studio does not have a food and beverage requirement. We can set up food and beverages in the back hallway or remove the bleachers to place rounds for a seated meal. There is a small labor fee for tearing down and removing the bleachers.

  26. Do you require approval of copy for invites to events held at the Newseum?

    Yes. Since we have several entrances to the Newseum and the Knight Conference Center, all draft invitations must be sent to Pam Galloway-Tabb for approval. Our goal is not to rewrite your invitation but to ensure that your guests are given the correct address and entrance for your event. Events held in the Knight Conference Center will have different directional information than events held in the Newseum. PLEASE DO NOT SEND OUT INVITATIONS BEFORE THEY ARE APPROVED.

  27. Are there any special provisions for check-in?

    Yes. Since our goal is to keep unwanted guests/protesters from attending events, we require clients to have a staff member in the Freedom Forum lobby to register guests.

  28. How far in advance of an event are changes to menu, labor or equipment items allowed?

    Any changes in menu, labor or equipment items MUST be submitted to the Wolfgang Puck catering manager within three business days before the event. Any changes made after that will incur additional charges. (Please note: Any changes made closer than three days to an event will be considered but are not guaranteed.)

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