Location: 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Runners up: The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History


Unfortunately, this is one of the few museums in D.C. where you actually have to pay for tickets. But even if you’re not a journalism nerd, the Newseum is splurge-worthy. Students receive 10 percent off the $23 ticket with their ID, and if you bring your ticket back the next day, you can visit a second time for free.


And the exhibits are worth it. Go to the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery to see every winner since 1942 and stay to watch photographers’ taped interviews about their craft. Pay homage to the best in the business at the Journalists Memorial, where the names of journalists who died in the field are etched into a two-story glass structure. Newseum staff update the memorial every year.


Check out a portion of the grafittied Berlin Wall before you head to the FBI Exhibit, which includes artifacts like the cabin of infamous criminal and murderer Ted Kaczynski, better known as “the Unabomber.”


On May 22, the Newseum will open an exhibit called “Reporting Vietnam” with 90 artifacts from the era. The exhibit will focus on protest and counterculture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.


The Newseum layout is a little disjointed, and exhibits span several floors. Be sure to take your own panoramic photo at the Greenspun Family Terrace, which hangs over Pennsylvania Avenue, and catch a skyline view of the District.


- Jeanine Marie