The Newseum’s time on Pennsylvania Avenue is coming to a close.
In a web post titled, “We’re on Deadline,” the Newseum announced it will close on Dec. 31 after more than 11 years and nearly 10 million visitors. The Freedom Forum Inc., the Newseum’s founder and primary funder, has a deal to sell 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW to Johns Hopkins University, which plans to convert the 470,000-square-foot facility into a state-of-the-art educational center.
“We know visitors love the Newseum… but it has struggled financially for a number of years and continuing to operate in our current location has proven unsustainable,” per the post.
The Freedom Forum will remove the oversized First Amendment tablet as part of the building’s $372.5 million sale. Johns Hopkins’ conceptual changes to the building were approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts in September. More review is to come. Click through the gallery above for the most recent concept.
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