Key Dates

July 11, 2000: The Freedom Forum offers a financial package totaling $100 million to the District of Columbia to purchase the land at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., to relocate the Newseum and the Freedom Forum’s headquarters from Arlington, Va

Dec. 21, 2000: The deal between the Freedom Forum and the District of Columbia closes and the Freedom Forum transfers to the District an initial $25 million for the land purchase and a $25 million grant for housing development.

June 21, 2001: D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams presents the keys of the former Department of Employment Services (DOES) building to Freedom Forum’s Chairman and CEO Charles L. Overby, symbolically marking the official transfer of the property to the Freedom Forum.

March 3, 2002: The Newseum in Arlington closes, having welcomed more than 2.25 million visitors in nearly five years of operation.

Oct. 29, 2002: The Freedom Forum unveils the design of the new Newseum and Freedom Forum headquarters to be built at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W.

Dec. 4, 2003: The Freedom Forum breaks ground for the new Newseum in a ceremony at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W.

May 17, 2005: Construction of Newseum's subterranean floors completed. Work begins on the museum's superstructure.

Oct. 22, 2005: The first phase of structural steel installation begins. With three lanes of Pennsylvania Avenue closed for safety, crews assemble a 200-foot-high double crane. It takes 50 tractor-trailer trucks — each 53 feet long — to transport the crane's arms, rollers and weights.

April 10, 2006: The Freedom Forum announces a partnership with Wolfgang Puck to open The Source by Wolfgang Puck, a three-level fine-dining restaurant headlined by the legendary chef.

May 23, 2006: Eight major news media companies and families announce that they will give $52 million to the building of the new Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. Each donor will become a founding partner of the Newseum, and major galleries/venues will bear their names. They are the following:

  • The New York Times – Ochs-Sulzberger family, $10 million, Great Hall of News (atrium)
  • News Corporation, $10 million, News History Gallery
  • The Greenspun Family of Las Vegas, $7 million, Terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue
  • NBC News, $5 million, Interactive Newsroom
  • Time Warner, $5 million, World News Gallery
  • Hearst Corporation, $5 million, Orientation Theaters
  • ABC News, $5 million, Changing Exhibits Gallery
  • The Pulliam Family, $5 million, Great Books Gallery

(Note: After the initial May 23 announcement, Hearst Corporation increased its contribution from $5 million to $6 million.)

July 24, 2006: The Newseum announces partnerships with Wolfgang Puck Catering to provide exclusive catering services for museum special events, and Restaurant Associates, who will oversee operations of the Newseum’s 152-seat food court, "The Food Section," and will provide culinary services for the museum’s conference center facilities.

March 27, 2007: The Newseum announces that Cox Enterprises Inc. and the James M. Cox Foundation will give $6 million to sponsor a Newseum gallery celebrating the First Amendment.

May 2, 2007: The Newseum announces that Robert H. and Clarice Smith will give $5 million to sponsor the Newseum’s Big Screen Theater.

May 8, 2007: The Newseum announces that the Annenberg Foundation will give $15 million to support the Newseum. In recognition of the gift, the Newseum will name its 450-seat theater the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater.

June 25, 2007: The first occupant moves into the Newseum Residences, luxury apartment homes located on the C Street side of the Newseum complex.

Oct. 11, 2007: The Source by Wolfgang Puck, the Newseum’s signature dining experience, opens to the public.

Feb. 7, 2008: Newseum announces that it will open its doors to the public on April 11.

Mar. 19, 2008: Newseum executives unveil and dedicate the cornerstone of the new museum complex and announce that the John S. and James L. Knight foundation will give a $25 million grant to sponsor the Newseum’s TV Studio, Pennsylvania Avenue Studio and Conference Center.

April 11, 2008: The Newseum officially opens to the public and welcomes more than 10,000 visitors on its first day.

June 20, 2008: "G-Men and Journalists: Top News Stories of the FBI’s First Century" opens in the ABC News Changing Exhibits Gallery.

November 14, 2008: "First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Pets" opens on the Newseum’s fourth level.

February 14, 2009: "Manhunt: Chasing Lincoln’s Killer" opens in the Early News Gallery.


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