Newseum, a high-tech interactive history museum, is located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W. adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. WSP USA provided MEP engineering on the project.



  • Washington, DC, USA



Project Status

  • Completed


  • Polshek Partnership

More Than a Museum

At 250,000 square feet, Newseum blends five centuries worth of news history, while featuring 14 exhibit galleries, 15 theaters, two state-of-the-art broadcast studios and dozens of interactive activities that take visitors behind the scenes to experience how and why news is made. Newseum also contains a food court, a two-level Newseum Store, a 24,000-square-foot conference center, a three-level restaurant and more than 140,000 square feet of residential apartments.

The exterior’s unique architectural elements include a 74-foot-high marble engraving of the First Amendment. In addition to the 132 Newseum residential units, a fitness center and a below-grade parking facility are available for resident use. The building's total area - including office space, conference center, broadcast studios, retail areas, dining facilities and residences is 643,000 square feet.

Some of Newseum’s more popular attributes include: The News Corp. News History Gallery, where 500 years of newspaper front pages create a timeline of history as news; The Berlin Wall Gallery, where visitors can stand beneath eight 12-foot-tall concrete sections of the original wall and a three-story guard tower; "I-Witness!", a 4-D time-travel adventure movie about three inspiring journalists and their impact on history; and a 90-foot-high atrium and a 40-by-22-foot high-definition media screen, visible both inside and outside the museum.