The National Postal Museum, Washington DC
(4.6/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the history of the U.S. postal system and discover the stories behind its impressive collection of mail memorabilia at The National Postal Museum. Located inside the capital's central post office from 1914 until 1986, this arm of the Smithsonian Institution boasts a vast collection of stamps, mail-carrying vehicles from across the ages, and significant letters. The collection extends to some rather curious post-related items, such as the preserved remains of Owney the dog, the postal system's unofficial mascot in the late 19th century. Take a look at our Washington DC vacation builder to schedule your visit to The National Postal Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Lots of rare stamps and informative displays about the USPS. The rare upside down Jenny stamp is on display along with stamps from around the world and some insight on how the USPS works. 
  • If you like post office nostalgia or an aspect of American history that is unique and interesting, you will like this museum. As most museums are in DC it is free to roam around this historic building...  more »
  • We spent about 3 hours at the museum and had to skip some of it. Our son enjoyed the interactive exhibits a lot. I would recommend this museum if you have kids. We bought a bag of stamps in the store ...  more »
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  • Heaven for history nerds, fun for all ages and interest levels. The exhibits range from highly detailed to fun and interactive. This museum is often overlooked in favor of some of its more well-known cousins, but it's definitely worth a stop. The building itself is incredible, and there are plenty of fun things to occupy the whole family.
  • A great Museum in the heart of DC. Really good for kids who might not even know what mail is anymore. Highly recommend it if you have the time. Not just stamps!
  • Very enjoyable! I agree with the other reviews about it being underrated and under-visited. A low-key museum, but very worthwhile. My 11-year old daughter and I had a great time spending the afternoon there.
  • Lots of history and information presented in a variety of fun ways. We really enjoyed the children's scavenger hunt. Bring a sweater - it was chilly.
  • Had a great time at this fun, free museum. Lots of great exhibits and history.