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The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately. The museum uses exhibitions, educational public programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors and visitors from around the world.
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The National Postal Museum is open Friday through Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Closed Wednesdays & Thursdays until further notice, & closed December 25. Policies and requirements are subject to change without notice.) Timed-entry passes are not required to visit our museum.
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Plan a Visit
Open Friday through Tuesday,
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(Closed Wednesdays & Thursdays until further notice, & closed December 25. Policies and requirements are subject to change without notice.)
Admission is always free!
2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
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Today in Postal History
November 30, 1845
One person dies when the boiler explodes aboard the steamboat “Denzien." Steamers carried mail on American waterways through much of the 19th century.
Highlights
Current Exhibitions
The museum's galleries explore America's postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported and the wonder of stamps.
Search the Collection
Search the collection to discover philatelic and postal history objects tracing the evolution of the postal services.
Object Spotlights
Learn more about objects in the museum’s collections. From the tiniest stamps to a full-sized bus, the museum is home to a wide variety of fascinating objects.
Special Topics
Browse these pages to discover resources organized by topic, such as African Americans in the Postal Service and Philately, Airmail Service, or Civil War.
For Researchers
The Museum supports a wide variety of research projects. Our efforts are a resource and point of reference for research and wider investigation by historians throughout the United States and the world.
Stamp Collecting
The Museum celebrates the beauty and lore of stamps. A stamp is much more than the physical evidence that postage has been paid. Stamps can be miniature works of art, treasured keepsakes, and rare collectibles.
For Educators
The Education & Visitor Services Department provides teachers and students with activities. Our programs foster creative thinkers and provide opportunities for developing 21st century skills.
Host an Event
Host your next historic event at the National Postal Museum. Corporations, associations, organizations and members of the general public have the opportunity to host a reception or dinner at a premier venue adjacent to highly acclaimed exhibitions.
Virtual Exhibitions
The National Postal Museum’s virtual exhibitions galleries present America’s postal history from Colonial times to the present, through the unique lens of postal history and stamps.
Museum Tours
Docent-led tours are an excellent way to see the highlights of the National Postal Museum. The museum has regular free tours for visitors.
Preservation
The Preservation Department focuses on the preservation, rehousing, conservation and exhibit preparation of the National Postal Museum’s collection and loan objects.
Public Programs
Public programs at the National Postal Museum provoke thinking about postal history, philately, and related topics for diverse audiences.
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Plan a Visit
Open Friday through Tuesday,
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(Closed Wednesdays & Thursdays until further notice, & closed December 25. Policies and requirements are subject to change without notice.)
Admission is always free!
2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
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