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.
Create a full Washington DC itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Washington DC

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Washington DC by other users

29 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM NIGERIA September, kids, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: September, kids, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 32 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM SPAIN June, teens, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Washington DC, Gettysburg & Pittsburgh BY A USER FROM NORWAY March, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: March, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Another great old beautiful building in DC. Lot to see and do for free. Various stamp collections, exhibits, old vehicles, and tons of history. Not crowded like all the other museums, so made it a gre...  more »
  • Have not been here in years so was surprised by what they have done. A great museum across from Union Station. Lots of activities for kids, free, and easy to navigate. Loads of interesting stories and...  more »
  • Have been to DC 5 or 6 times and tend to visit the same popular attractions ( monuments, natural history, american history). Ended up at Union station so thought we would stop in at the Natural Postal...  more »
Google
  • 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.