Newseum to waive admission fees on Sept. 10, 11

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This will be the first time since the Newseum’s grand opening on April 11, 2008, that admission has been free to adults. (It had a kids-get-in-free promotion over the summer.) “Our 9/11 Gallery is one of the most visited and memorable exhibits in the Newseum,” says Newseum CEO Charles L. Overby. “We hope that by offering free admission on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, many more visitors will have an opportunity to experience this important reminder of why we should never forget 9/11.”

Press release

Museum Will Waive Admission Fees Sept. 10 and 11

9/11 Commemoration Includes New Exhibit and Special Programming

WASHINGTON — To mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Newseum will offer free admission to all visitors on Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. This will be the first time since the Newseum’s grand opening on April 11, 2008, that admission has been free to the public. Tickets are available at newseum.org or at the Newseum on Sept. 10 and 11.

“Our 9/11 Gallery is one of the most visited and memorable exhibits in the Newseum,” said Charles L. Overby, chairman and chief executive officer of the Newseum. “We hope that by offering free admission on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, many more visitors will have an opportunity to experience this important reminder of why we should never forget 9/11.”

The Newseum’s 9/11 Gallery, sponsored by Comcast, is the first permanent museum exhibit about the terrorist attacks. The gallery features a 31-foot section of the broadcast antenna that stood atop the World Trade Center’s North Tower, a limestone cornice piece from the damaged section of the Pentagon and a twisted piece of fuselage recovered from the field near Shanksville, Pa., where United Flight 93 went down. An 11-minute original film, “Running Toward Danger,” tells the stories of journalists who covered the attacks. The gallery also includes cameras used by Bill Biggart, a photojournalist killed while covering the attacks, along with some of the digital images he took moments before he died.

On Sept. 2, the Newseum will unveil a new section of its popular FBI exhibit that will focus on the FBI’s role in fighting terrorism before and after Sept. 11, 2001, from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 through the 9/11 investigation and the case of shoe bomber Richard Reid. Sixty new artifacts will be displayed, including engine parts and landing gear from the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center, and the shoes Reid rigged with explosives in a failed terrorist attempt to blow up an airplane.

On Sept. 7 the Newseum will host a special evening program moderated by former ABC World News anchor, Charles Gibson. For more information click here.

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