There were several rooms with movies playing, telling us about how to explore the museum, how the first amendment rights have been upheld, and how the news is determined in an editorial session.
One of the most impressive sights was the tangled cell tower from the top of the World Trade Center. There was a place to put your thoughts down on what September 11, 2001 meant to you and your handwritten thoughts were projected onto a large wall. It was a very quiet, yet impactful place to reflect.
We ended our tour watching a 4 D movie where we watched the Colonial soldiers shoot at us (and felt air puff and the chair rock back). We saw the story of Nellie Bly, the first woman undercover reporter who gained access to the newsroom by entering a Women's Insane Asylum, one that had horrid conditions, starving the patients, making them live with rats and basically making them insane if they weren't already.
If you do get a chance to visit this museum, make sure you plan a whole day for it - there is so much to see and do when you are there. Naturally, Washington has a ton of other free museums, so, make a week of it if you can. Try to take public transportation because driving is horrible and it's not easy to park. But definitely do yourself a favor and try to get to this great museum!
And, as always, have fun shooting!
|Smithstonian Museum, Washington, DC|