National Postal Museum
Behind the Badge
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Current Exhibitions
Upcoming Exhibition
Past Exhibitions
Virtual Exhibitions
Exhibition Highlights
The National Postal Museum's galleries 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.
Behind the Badge
June 27, 2014 - Indefinitely
Behind the Badge explores the mission and duty of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the Postal Service. The exhibit examines the inspection service’s history and work through some of its most famous and remarkable cases. Visitors learn how the service helps protect them, sharing tips to guard against scams and fraud.
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William H. Gross Stamp Gallery
September 23, 2013 - Permanent
William H. Gross, the founder of PIMCO and a stamp collector, has donated $10 million to the National Postal Museum to create a new 12,000-square-foot gallery that was named in his honor. The gallery opened on September 22, 2013.
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Systems at Work
December 14, 2011 - Permanent
You drop a letter in a mailbox and then what happens? You receive mail at home or the office—how does it get there? The answer to these questions unfolds in Systems at Work, a permanent exhibition at the National Postal Museum. Systems at Work recreates the paths of letters, magazines, parcels, and other mail as they travel from sender to recipient over the last 200 years.
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Moving the Mail
July 30, 1993 - Permanent
Transportation is critical to good mail service. Among the National Postal Museum's artifacts are a number of different vehicles that have carried the mail.
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2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
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