D.C. Trip: Wednesday
February 15, 2009, 8:51 am
Filed under: Adventure, Journalism, News Industry, Travel

ARLINGTON, Va. — My feet really started to hurt Wednesday. It’s amazing how all this walking and standing around — regardless of the shoes you’re wearing — screws up your feet. But I toughed it out.

My agenda for Wednesday was as follows:

  1. National Archives
  2. Newseum
  3. National Portrait Gallery (with Lisa)

I got to the Archives a day early — on Thursday they put the Emancipation Proclamation on display in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday. But all the regular good stuff was there: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Newseum was the only museum for which I paid an admittance fee. And not a small one — $20. But it really was a great museum. There were tons of interesting things for a journalism nerd for me, and plenty of stuff for the average person. Walking through there, it seemed to me that part of Newseum’s mission is to instill back into people the value of the First Amendment and the press, something people are starting to forget.

Also what impressed me was that many of their exhibits were extremely up-to-date — the convergence exhibit, for example, talked about the coverage of Flight 1549 (the one that crashed into the Hudson a few weeks ago). Any museum, I suppose, has to keep rotating its collection to make it fresh, but Newseum really needs to keep on top of things, and it seems to do that very well.

Newseum also had some cool artifacts, like a big chunk of the Berlin Wall and part of the antenna from the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

The main reason Lisa and I went to the National Portrait Gallery was to see the original Obama Hope collage, which was recently installed. It was way cooler than you’d even think! I can’t even describe it.

Anyway, my pictures.



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I loved the national portrait gallery even though it didn’t have Fairey’s Obama image. It’s actually a collage? That’s awesome.

Did they say if it’s part of the permanent collection or not?

Comment by tor

It’s stencil on a background of collage. Not really sure how to explain it. Certainly “mixed media.”

I would guess it’s not part of the permanent collection. It’s in the “new arrivals” section.

Comment by Nick Eaton

It is in fact part of the permanent collection, donated by private owners (not the artist) right before the inauguration. No word on whether it will be permanently displayed, though.

Comment by Lisa Waananen

I stand corrected.

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