Regarding my recent post about the Newseum's operating costs rising to $92 million in 2009, and straining its funder, the Freedom Forum foundation, Andy Bechtel writes today:
I took my son to the Newseum last summer. He's 10. It was our first visit there.
Less impressive were the Elvis exhibit and the one about the FBI. I didn't see how these matched the mission of the museum. The gift shop was full of items related to these two exhibits as well as ugly Newseum sweatshirts and T-shirts.
The museum also feels a step behind where the media are going. A section on social media and Twitter (with a photo of Rick Sanchez -- is that still there?) were tucked into a corner.
For all of that, I'm glad that I went, and my son said it was better than he expected. I hope the Newseum can get its finances under control and stay open. Done well, it would be a worthwhile venture.
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