National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.

About Us:

The Museum supports a wide variety of interdisciplinary research projects which address topics of importance such as current and future postal operations, as well as philatelic and postal history. Our efforts are a resource and point of reference for research and wider investigation by historians throughout the United States and the world.

The National Postal Museum is divided into galleries that explore America's postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported and the wondrous diversity of postage stamps. 

The national collection illustrates and invites research into United States philately and postal operations. It contains prestigious postal issues and specialized collections, archival postal documents and three-dimensional objects that trace the evolution of the postal services.

Open every day (except December 25)

10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Admission is always free!

Recent News

World's Rarest Stamp Now on Display at National Postal Museum

British Guiana One-Cent Magenta: The World's Most Famous Stamp The world's most famous and valuable stamp, the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, is now on display that the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. Prominently showcased in the museum's…

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Exhibition - Pacific Exchange China And Us Mail

Today, China and the United States are the world's two largest economies, major powers that often cooperate strategically. They also share a complicated history. The two have been World War II allies and Cold War enemies, partners and rivals. Using…

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Exhibition - Alphabetilately

Since 1993 the Smithsonian National Postal Museum has developed engaging exhibitions and entertaining public programs for families, students and serious collectors. To celebrate our 15th anniversary, the museum is showing an exhibition rich in…

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