The National Postal Museum, Washington DC

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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  • Let me start off by saying I am not normally a stamp person. However - I LOVED this museum! This is not one of the 'big hitters' in the Smithsonian line up but it was REALLY GOOD! They did a fantastic...  read more »
  • The museum is better than I expected. I wasn't overly interested but the reviews were great so o checked it out. It's away from the main strip but worth the walk. It's free. The exhibits are cool. The...  read more »
  • A fascinating look at the US post office from its inception to today. The building is beautiful; the exhibits both informative and evocative of days gone by and today's modern methods; our guide enthu...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Underrated and under visited, a delightful little smithsonian outpost off the mall. Enjoy a world class museum with an essentially priceless amount of stamps in an atmosphere that isn't choked by the endless nattering and jostling of giant school groups of overstimulated middle schoolers. Well done.
  • Really neat museum. Not the biggest must see in DC, but if you have the time, it's worth it. You get to see why and how the mail service, that most of us take for granted, got started. Don't forget to take the time to check out Owney's vest of tags. Definitely stop at the information desk first if you are visiting with children to see what interactive things they have going on that day.
  • This is a lesser known Smithsonian, right next to Union Station. If you have the time, I recommend stopping by as it usually doesn't have many people inside (even during tourist summer season) and the stamp collection/history of the USPS system is very impressive.
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