Twenty bucks? Excuse me??
Look, I know museum construction and operation is expensive, and somebody's got to foot the $450 million bill for multiple interactive news displays. the "4-D time-travel experience," the TV news chopper hanging in the middle of the museum and all of the other bells and whistles. But I thought that was why Freedom Forum, Gannett's house charity, and other corporate sponsors were paying for this exercise in news industry self-indulgency in the first place. (A notable omission from the major donors list: The hometown Washington Post and the various Graham/Meyer family charitable trusts.)
The Newseum will be operating in the center of Washington, D.C., mere blocks from the Smithsonian's dozen or so museums, not to mention hallowed tourist attactions like the White House, Washington Monument and Capitol Building.
And here's the perfect irony: Admission to all of these competitors for tourist time (and dollars) is, um, free. Yes, free. Just like Craigslist and news on the Internet are free. And we know how well that's worked out for the news industry. (I suspect the 4D time-travel experience overlooks that.)
Good luck, Newseum, and your $20 admission fee. Maybe you can garner attendance by offering weekends free to those who buy daily admission or by shoving tickets under the doors of Washington hotel rooms or something.