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!


christy geiger

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
A fun stop for adult or child. Lots of hands on things for kids ... mail sorting and more. A great activity board for kids ... our 10y/o loved it! Great tribute to the postal system and their development and service through the years. It took us awhile to find ... but this is the museum!

Josh Griffin

Thursday, June 14, 2018
Let’s be honest, it’s just mail. And who ever has amazing experiences at the post office? But still, it’s a very good museum experience. Lots and lots of details, if you like to read about stamps and whatnot. You can also get a free postcard, whoohoo. This is only four stars because I could never rate anything associated with USPS five.

Albert Wu

Thursday, June 28, 2018
I think this is a generally underrated Smithsonian museum, as it is further out of the way than many of the other museums. But it is extremely kid-friendly, has great staff, and shows a pretty important part of American history. Whether you’re a stamp-collector or not, I’m sure you’ll find the exhibits showing how stamps portrayed monumental American Advances inspiring, or the gallery on the evolution of the postal systems from the Pony Express to Air Mail interesting. A couple other plusses about the location: it is close to Union Station and Chinatown, both of which can be quick lunch stops before or after you go; it is also near the Georgetown Law School, which can be packed into a visit as well.

M. B.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
It’s free and never crowed, I guess because of its location. You can easily breeze trough the museum in one hour or take the time to read all the interesting facts. Last time I went, there was this “Women in World War II” exhibition that I couldn’t find because it just consisted of a tiny space behind the stairs showing a brief story of three women. I hope they’ll be able to give more relevance to women issues in the future.

David Conway

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
My daughter who lives in DC suggested er visit the postal museum. I was not enthused but agreed to go. It is a very interesting museum. A lot of hands on displays. Stage coaches, trains and planes. A lot for kids a d adults.

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