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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  • Where the old post office once was. Very large stone building with columns. Historical building no longer in use. 
  • Located next to Union Station. Japan post was in the corner of the post in the world. Must exhibit a variety stamps and postal history. There were people there have free postcards, writing postcards. You can of course make a post. There are guided tours or explained the Guide. Is there was a corner out postcards addressed to the Museum, who exhibited it in a kind of art fine everyone gazed.
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  • A well organized experience for adults and kids. Lots of hands-on experiences and intelligible displays. Convenient to Union Station and remarkably uncrowded. 
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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.