Washington D.C.’s Newseum closed on December 31, leaving lots of famous national memorabilia to find a new home.
According to Newseum officials, the building had been open for 11 years and attracted more than 10 million visitors. Some of the artifacts in the Newseum include the antenna that stood atop the First World Trade Center, pieces of the Berlin Wall, and the Watergate door, which was connected to the infamous 1972 Watergate Scandal.
One of the charms of the Newseum was the fact that it was interactive and promoted the First Amendment’s freedom of expression in many of its exhibits. According to Deadline, now that the building’s doors have been closed, the museum’s officials want to implement a new Newseum elsewhere.
“I think people have tried to define us as a building with a great mission,” said Gene Policinski, president and CEO of Freedom Forum Institute. “And I said, ‘Actually, we’re a magnificent mission, we just happened to operate from for a great amount of time from a great building. The mission is the focus.’”
The museum’s artifacts will either go to other venues or be kept in storage. The Freedom Forum Institute has administrative offices set up in a nearby area, and Policinski says the organization will still offer conferences and seminars.
In the meantime, a new locale for another Newseum is still in the works, but spreading the organization’s mission is still the main objective.
Deadline quotes Policinski as saying, “The museum and the building was a great place to work out of, but it was always looking outward rather than inward, so that work goes on, not unaffected, but probably with greater financial support just because the foundation can afford that.”