The Newseum won’t release numbers to indicate whether attendance is up or down compared to last year, but for whatever reason the Pennsylvania Avenue attraction is about to make a big fare adjustment: free admission for all visitors ages 18 and under from July 1 to September 3. Ordinarily children are charged $12.95.
The museum is calling it the “summer fun deal,” and for families it will certainly be a significant break. The adult ticket price will remain at $21.95, while seniors will be charged $17.95.
While not releasing attendance numbers for 2012, a spokesman said 805,977 people visited the museum in 2011. The summer program is sponsored by WTOP-FM radio, which has sponsored other free admission opportunities at the Newseum.