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National Postal Museum - Smithsonian Institution

Massachusetts Avenue & First Street, N.E.
Washington, D C

Phone: 202-357-2700 --
TTY: 202-357-1729

Statement of Purpose:

The 75,000-square-foot museum displays the nation's postal history and philatelic collection, the largest of its kind in the world, with more than 16 million objects.

Highlights & Collections:

Five major galleries include exhibits on mail service in Colonial times and the Civil War; the Pony Express; the evolution of modern mail service, automation, and mail transportation; the art of letters; and displays of the museum's priceless stamp collection.

Highlights include: three mail planes, replica of a railway mail car, a mudwagon, an airmail beacon, displays of letters and greeting cards, foreign and domestic mail boxes, and more than 55,000 U.S. and foreign-issue stamps and covers.

Exhibits & Special Events:

See web site at or call Smithsonian Information for a previsit packet, which includes a list of updated temporary exhibitions.


Daily 10:00-5:30 p.m. Closed December 25.

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