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Obama inauguration viewing package offered by Newseum

November 08, 2012|By David Ng
  • The Newseum in Washington. The museum will host an inauguration viewing event on Jan. 21.
The Newseum in Washington. The museum will host an inauguration viewing… (James P. Blair / Newseum )

President Obama's second inauguration will be Jan. 21. The swearing-in ceremony will no doubt be a hot ticket -- though if past inaugurations are any indication, the actual experience will more likely be freezing cold for those observing outdoors.

The Newseum in Washington is offering what could be a happy medium -- physical proximity to the actual event but in the warmth of an indoor viewing location. 

The museum said Wednesday that it is offering an inauguration viewing package for $100 that will include a live feed of the swearing-in ceremony on a big screen and a direct view onto Pennsylvania Avenue as the president makes his way to the White House. Tickets will be on sale to the general public starting Nov. 15.

Children 6 and under will be admitted for free, according to the museum's website.

Inauguration day is usually on Jan. 20, but that date falls on a Sunday in 2013, so the ceremony has been pushed by one day to Jan. 21.

The Newseum, which is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the U.S. news media, is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and  Sixth Street, N.W. in Washington. The museum offers limited views of the Capitol, where the swearing-in ceremony will take place.

The museum said it won't be selling its normal general admission tickets the day of the inauguration. It said its outdoor terraces will be off-limits due to Secret Service regulations. 


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