The Newseum was a grand tribute to the power of journalism. Here’s how it failed | The Washington Post

The Newseum news museum is scheduled  to close to the public in January 2020.

Aspiring to strive for a share of the millions who visited the Smithsonian's Air and Space and Natural History museums — which had average annual attendance of 7.4 million and 5.3 million in the early 2000s — the Newseum only reach 855,000 visitors during its best year in 2017.

"We plan to continue the Newseum's crucial work of increasing public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment for decades to come — through digital outreach, traveling exhibits, and web-based programs in schools around the world, as well as hopefully in a new physical home in the area," Maeve Gaynor Scott, the Newseum's director of collections.