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National Postal Museum - Smithsonian Institution
Massachusetts Avenue & First Street, N.E.
Washington, D C
Phone: 202-357-2700 --
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
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 http://www.si.edu 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.
Admission & Directions:
- 2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.
- Metro Station: Union Station (First Street exit)
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