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Smithsonian National Postal Museum


Smithsonian National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum

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The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum brings to life the colorful history of the nation's mail service through hands on exhibitions and engaging public programs. The National Postal Museum is a part of the Smithsonian Institution and features engaging exhibits about sending, receiving and delivering mail. Six galleries explore topics ranging from the postal system in colonial and early America to the Pony Express to modes of mail transportation and artistic mailboxes. Explore the history of the postage stamp and marvel over thousands of stamps and postal artifacts.

The National Postal Museum offers special programs including workshops, films, family programs, lectures, and guided tours. More than 40,000 books and archival documents are housed at the National Postal Museum Library. The museum gift shop sells stamps, books and other gift items. This is a great attraction for kids because many of the exhibits are interactive and you can see most of the exhibits in an hour or two.

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2 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 357-2700
The National Postal Museum is located about 4 blocks off of the National Mall in the old Post Office building next to Union Station.
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The closest Metro stop is Union Station.

National Postal Museum Hours:

Open daily except December 25.
Regular hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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