August 10, 2011
Free Newseum Admission  Sept. 10-11 Weekend

Free Newseum Admission Sept. 10-11 Weekend

Free Newseum Admission Sept. 10-11 Weekend

Advance tickets for Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 are SOLD OUT. Each day, however, a limited number of free tickets will be distributed at the door on a first-come, first-served basis, based on building capacity.

WASHINGTON — To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Newseum will offer free admission to all visitors on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10-11, 2011.

This will be the first time since the Newseum's grand opening in April 2008 that admission has been free.

The Newseum's 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast, the first permanent museum exhibit about the attacks, features a 31-foot section of the broadcast antenna that stood atop the World Trade Center's north tower; a limestone piece of the Pentagon and a twisted piece of the fuselage of Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa.

With additional support from Comcast, new digital kiosks will be added to the gallery on Sept. 7 so that visitors can share their personal experiences from 9/11 and comment on how life has changed for them since that day. A selection of visitor comments will be projected on the wall of the gallery.

An 11-minute video produced by the Newseum titled “Running Toward Danger” tells the stories of journalists who covered the attack. One hundred and twenty seven newspaper front pages from Sept. 12, 2001, are on display in the exhibit to illustrate the global coverage of the disaster.

On Sept. 2, the Newseum will open an expanded section of its popular FBI exhibit focusing on the agency's role in fighting terrorism before and after Sept. 11, 2001. Sixty new artifacts, including engine parts and landing gear from the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, will be added to the gallery to illustrate the FBI's efforts to fight terrorism.

The Newseum also will host two special programs examining the impact of the terrorist attacks on American life today.

  • On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Charles Gibson, former anchor of ABC's “World News,” will moderate a discussion looking back on 9/11. Special guests include Ari Fleischer, Victoria Clarke and Jim Miklaszewski.
  • On Saturday, Sept. 10, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen and former ABC News correspondent John Miller will share their experiences interviewing 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
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