It's always fun when family or friends come to town because it provides a fantastic excuse to be a tourist!!!
I've been dying to get to the Newseum but it seems like there is never enough time to spend. Lots to see and lots to read. All in all, I liked it a lot, but there are of course many parts that you could find online if you weren't inclined to leave your house. With YouTube and all sorts of video, much of what they showcase can be found elsewhere, but not in a succinct story-telling manner.
And you also wouldn't be able to understand the impact of the Berlin Wall that they have recreated with actual pieces of the wall.
This is the west-facing wall, which was the free side.
This is the east-facing wall, the communist side.
The Death Tower, a 3 story structure with guards - armed and under order to kill anyone who approaches the Berlin Wall to escape.
One of the most compelling and important exhibits in the Newseum. All you need to know is that the green areas symbolize where the press is free. Yellow is partially free. Red shows places where the press isn't free at all.
And one of my favorite pics, my little sweetie crashed. All "news"ed-out.