The Newseum, a museum focused on the evolution of communication and the expression of the First Amendment, is set to close at the end of 2019.
The museum first opened its doors to the public in 2008. Over the years, they have worked hard to increase the public’s understanding of free press. According to Variety, it was clear that the museum began to experience financial difficulties after they “announced a strategic review of its funding priorities.”
Unfortunately, they came to the decision that it was best to sell the building. John Hopkins University has purchased the property for $372.5 million with intentions of creating a “world-class interdisciplinary academic facility anchored by JHU’s School of Advanced International Studies.”
The museums founder, the Freedom Forum, is looking forward to continuing their mission of being “dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people.” The public will still have access to the Newseum through digital outreach, traveling exhibits, and web-based programs.