Not Your Typical Museum Trip

After hearing I would be going to the Newseum, I was ecstatic. Normally, I am not one to step foot anywhere near a museum, however, this one was different. I first visited the Newseum in 10th-grade with my mom and sister. I remember not being too thrilled to go because I assumed it would be boring, like normal museums are. Nonetheless, I was way wrong!

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O.J. Simpson’s trial suit on display at the Newseum. Photo by Carly Greenberg

Unlike normal museums, this one was far different. It displayed topics that I was genuinely interested in (sorry Museum on Natural History, nothing personal…). It’s like not like a regular museum, it’s like a cool one (*insert mean girls quote here). I was able to see more in depth exhibits  about 9/11, O.J. Simpson’s murder trial, and even the Berlin Wall. Whereas we normally don’t see those kinds of topics shown or displayed in museums.

There is one exhibit in particular that pertained my interest. I know I would never see this exhibit in a normal museum, which is why it stood out to me the most. The Pulitzer Prize Gallery exhibit features the top Pulitzer Prize winning photographs since 1942. It is truly remarkable to observe how some of these pictures displayed such powerful messages. I was even more amazed how some photographers were able to capture some of the most intense moments in history, such as: war, terrorism, hunger, and olympic winnings. 

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View of Pulitzer Prize exhibit. Photo taken from newseum.org

This exhibit ties into my public relations career in many ways. As a public relations professional, we are constantly trying to publicize events geared to a specific public. In a way, that is what these Pulitzer Prize photographers are doing. Their pictures are so impactful that they are trying to gear a message to society. It can also demonstrate how photos are key to an advertisement or campaign. Over the summer for my internship, I was in charge of finding impactful photos for one of our clients website. The main task was to grab our audiences attention with just a photo, which we successfully did.  

Overall, I would highly recommend visiting the Newseum. Being able to walk through these amazing exhibits that you will never see in another museum is a once in a lifetime opportunity, one that you will never forget.

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Author: carlygreenberg12

University of Maryland Public Relations Student. Class of 2018

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