From Dubai to Denver, news of bin Laden's death made its way around the world at record speed, and newspaper headlines capture the events.
For people at the Newseum Monday, getting to see those front pages from around the globe is a chance to witness history in the making.
"I was looking for the one from South Carolina cause that's where I'm from," said Finley Merritt from Greenville.
Chris Afendoulis from Michigan said the New York Post sums it up. "U.S. nails the bastard, well yes I guess that's one way to put it," he said.
Many are curious to see how this news is being digested around the world. "I wanted to see how this is being handled, nationally and globally, it's important," said Rodney Williams from Alexandria.
Newseum staffers realized they needed more space for Monday's papers. Within hours of the news, they moved their Hurricane Katrina exhibit, posting instead papers from around the world.
The Newseum's 9/11 exhibit is already being updated with today's developments. Hazel Hopkins said the emotions of that fateful morning come flooding back as she remembers a family friend killed in the mangled twin tower a piece of which she now stands under.
"I noticed the box of tissues when I came in and I thought, well, that's strange, it's been so long, nobody's going to cry, and look at me," New Yorker Hopkins said.
Others agreed that the momentous news made their tour of the exhibit more like a flashback.
"It makes you think back ten years ago - where was I, how did I feel, it brings back memories you hadn't thought about," said Joe Kim of Los Angeles.
"I think it just brings it back fresh that it was a reality and this isn't really a closure but it gives you something to explain to the kids," said Angela Roth of Dumfries, Va.