July 9, 2007

Sam Kittner

Newseum Opening To Be Announced This Fall

The Newseum’s grand opening date will be announced this fall.

Newseum CEO Charles L. Overby said an opening date would be determined after Newseum staff move into the building in the early fall, establish core operations and test technological components on the “complex, high-tech” facility.

“The Newseum is an extremely complicated, high-tech, one-of-a-kind building,” said Newseum President Peter S. Prichard. 

The building, in addition to 250,000 square feet of Newseum space, also includes administrative offices, a two-level conference center, 135 rental apartments and a fine-dining Wolfgang Puck signature restaurant.

“Given the complexities of the building and the enormous interactivity of its displays, once we’re physically in the building, we will need several months to fully test the technology before opening for use by the public,” Overby said. An opening date of Oct. 15, 2007, previously had been scheduled.

 “We are building the greatest platform in history for the discussion and understanding of the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment,” Overby said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a historic statement. When the Newseum’s doors open, we will be ready.”

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