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Interactive news museum opens near Washington

The Newseum April 18, 1997
Web posted at: 6:38 p.m. EDT (2238 GMT)

ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN)-- The Newseum, billed as the world's first interactive news museum, opened to the public Friday, with Vice President Al Gore and prominent journalists on hand to dedicate the building.

Gore called the museum a bridge to help "build better understanding between the press and public." President Clinton later addressed museum officials and visitors via a two-way hookup from the White House.

The president honored journalists, who he said "struggle at personal risk to get the news... America is stronger and freer because of them."

Funded by the Freedom Forum, the museum is located outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia, and contains memorabilia, artifacts, a theater and a broadcast studio. It will also host forums and guest speakers.

 
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