National Postal Museum
National Postal Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Neighbourhood: Upper Northwest
How to get there
  • Union Station • 2 min walk
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  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,206 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stamping it out!
    The Postal Museum is much more interesting than I expected. It has interesting exhibits of mail delivery systems, including planes, stagecoach, old trucks, etc. A little exhibit on baseball. For stamp collectors, the highlight will probably be the inverted Jenny stamps. Kids (and adults) may enjoy sorting through cancelled stamps with the option to take six free of charge to supplement their collections.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 September 2023
  • David H
    Falls Church, Virginia57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting even for non stamp collectors
    I’m not a stamp collector but I did really enjoy spending a few hours at the museum and plan to return as I did not see everything. Exhibits are very well done, engaging, and interesting. The building is pretty cool inside. I’ve lived in the area for 27 years but until recently was not aware of this museum. I did notice on the National Mall the wayfinding signs do have the museum on them but since it is up near Union Station I just never noticed.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 6 December 2023
  • lalocadr19
    Falls Church, Virginia6,743 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good time exploring stamps
    This museum is amazing for stamp collectors or anyone looking for information on stamp. This place has plenty for kids to entertain themselves. Stamp area, stamp history, riding the in place carriage, riding in place truck. Playing and sorting the mail. The best is free of charge. The museum does take 1 or 2 hours depending on your history interest.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 January 2024
  • Caribby96
    Burnaby, Canada228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Favourite Smithsonian
    I visited several of the Smithsonians while I was in DC and this was by far my favourite. It was not too busy, so there was an opportunity to see everything at a leisurely pace. Learning about the history of the US Postal Service was very cool. We also loved looking at the old stamps! Definitely an underrated museum.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 February 2024
  • montanapescado
    Albuquerque, New Mexico1,403 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Way above expectations
    What's more boring than history? The post office! So this must be the most boring museum of all, right? Not so fast. This was a surprisingly interested museum with a good variety of displays. It is well laid out and continually engaging. It may not be the most essential from a historical or cultural perspective, but I believe still highly recommended.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 March 2024
  • Patrice A
    Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Hidden Gem
    Who new stamps could be so fun! Stamps reflect history. They identify important people, places, and events through the course of time. This museum was fabulous. The basement had great models too for the littles to see postal trains, trucks, and other mailboxes. If you have a young one, stop by the desk to get a scavenger hunt form which will keep them engaged during the visit. Pick up some stamps, and even design your own. Something for everyone. The baseball special exhibit was excellent!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 March 2024
  • Grace R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BEST MUSEUM EVER! 📦🇺🇸🦅💵
    This is one of the best museums I have been to in a while. The first impression I had of this place was “OHHHH! This is going to be so boring 🥱” Then I started going through the stamp gallery and I was like “This isn’t my thing” I am not an avid stamp collector, but I had an absolute ball on the lower floor. One exhibition started ima dark forest and showed how mail delivery devolved over time. In this exhibition there was a carriage, in which you are allowed to climb into. There were many vehicles in which are used for transportation of mail carry. The current special exhibition is a cop one on how they find bad stuff in mail packages and parcels and a baseball one too! 📦 They had many interactive activities. My favorite activity was a scavenger hunt throughout the museum. The prize was a Mr Zip temporary tattoo and a Stamptastic temporary tattoo. I highly recommend this museum and would go every time I visit DC. Also don’t forget to get your 6 free stamps in the stamp gallery!!!!! Below I have inserted a photo of Mr. Zip!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 March 2024
  • Alireza123
    Tehran, Iran1,354 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spend half an hour and enjoy a Smithsonian museum
    It is small and attractive museum.close to union station.free and very suitable for kids . My wife and I also enjoy our half an hour visit. It is worth to arrange to visit it. They offer you to choose 6 stamps free for yourself which is nice.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2024
  • lmr1
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a stop. Kid friendly.
    Located across the street from Union Station, this was a good place to spend time between hotel checkout and train schedule. Union Station has a baggage storage area where you can leave your suitcase (for a fee). I think kids would enjoy this. And, if you’re into baseball, there’s exhibits about that, which was unexpected. Helpful note: there’s a phone charging kiosk near the escalator to the basement exhibits.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 April 2024
  • Josh B
    Lafayette, Indiana460 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Less crowded Smithsonian, gorgeous building
    This is an enjoyable museum with much smaller crowds than the Smithsonians on the Mall. The stamp exhibits are interesting and well done, and the special exhibit about baseball was fun (but seemed a little thin). The Daniel Burnham structure is beautiful.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written 10 June 2024
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Susan M
Washington DC, DC30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I've lived in DC on and off for nearly 40 years, and never went to the Postal Museum until this week, I'm ashamed to say. I just loved it. It's fascinating to see not just the stamps, but the history of mail delivery in the US, from pony express to rail and flights (especially loved the tale of Owney, the mascot for rail delivery mail). The exhibit on postal inspectors was interesting too. We saw a temporary exhibit (there for 18 more months) on baseball - not just stamps and such, but the Negro Leagues, great stuff on Roberto Clemente.
I'd highly recommend this museum - also, since it's not on the Mall, you're not going too be standing in line behind some junior high school tour group.
Written 11 June 2022
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Susan - we're so glad you were able to come visit us! We really appreciate the 5 stars and your lovely review.
Written 17 June 2022
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MGQ
Buffalo, NY524 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
If you're interested in the history of mail delivery, then this is the place to go. It is a beautiful building and has some interesting exhibits but you can go through the museum in less than an hour. The lower floor has mail exhibits and the history of the mail delivery. The mail train was very interesting.The upper floor is all stamps. Could be interesting...could be boring...you chose.
Written 4 November 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to leave a review!
Written 11 March 2022
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Duck1949
Eugene, OR167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Right next to Union Station, this is a fun museum with modern, high-tech displays along with the standard type. The volume of stamps in one room is enormous, perhaps nearly every stamp ever printed by the country. One could spend hours in that room alone. If you are or were a stamp collector, it's a "must". If you weren't, there's still plenty of history and art in viewing the stamps and displays.
Written 6 March 2020
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We appreciate the 5 stars! We have over 6 million objects in our collection, many of which are stamps!
Written 17 March 2020
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Rene R
Palmetto, FL553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
On our recent trip to DC we visited the National Postal Museum for an incredible experience .
This should be among your top places to visit if you have young children. There were so many hands on things for them to do, the staff was absolutely friendly and engaged. This museum is for people of all ages but will be especially meaningful if you work for the Postal Service in any capacity. So many artifacts showing the progression of mail delivery in the United States from its very beginning to today. Special opportunities to pick out your own postcard and mail right from the museum as well as trying your hand at stamp collecting. This is a place you could easily spend all day at. My grandson had so much fun visiting the railway car used for mail delivery in the past as well as being able to climb into the cab of a delivery semi truck. Incredible finds such as the mail planes used in the earliest of days and Amelia Earhart’s flight suit. Fun and educational without a doubt.
As an added bonus, the Capitol is less than two blocks away from the museum. After spending the morning at the Postal Museum we spent the afternoon visiting the Capitol . As luck would have it just last week the Capitol is open again for public tours, just remember to go online and reserve in advance.
Written 10 June 2022
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Rene - what a kind review! Thank you for sharing your photos of all the fun things to do here at the museum.
Written 17 June 2022
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Richard C
Virginia796 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
So many times running in and out of Union Station, I promised myself that "the next time" I'd leave time to go into the postal museum. Finally did! As with many, in my youth I collected stamps and had the great fortune as a child to have had a mailman who would take time out of his day to let me walk down the block with him while he delivered mail. Even to this day, I write physical letters and am grateful to those who answer them. Part of the joy in all of that is the miniature works of art that one can enjoy on the envelope. I was a bit surprised, though, when I walked into the USPS Museum: the lobby speaks of the great post offices of old rather than the suburban sub-stations I see most often today. Some of the exhibits were moving (a post box damaged on 9/11), and some were curious (Owney to postal dog.) I grew a bit weary, though, seeing so much on a grand scale. I prefer the miniature, even though postal workers every day are out in the larger world getting mail and packages around the country and the globe. My favorite part was where one could buy stamps: the worker behind the counter was humble in her demeanor, and the choice of current commemoratives included some that were no longer available at my local post office.
Written 29 October 2023
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
My wife and I visited the National Postal Museum in October 2021. It is located across from Union Station. First we went to Level 1 (street level). It is focused on stamps and the history of stamps. We enjoyed seeing the "Jenny stamp", the William Gross stamp collection, stamps from all over the world. If you are seriously interested in stamps, you could spend all day here looking at all the stamps and exhibits. Next we visited Level 2 down an escalator. Level 2 covered the history of the US post office. There was a mail truck, mail stage coach, a mail airplane and many other things. We spent one hour visiting Level 1 and one hour visiting Level 2. The museum has a nice gift shop as well. I understand in April 2022 there will be a special baseball exhibition I plan to return.
Written 16 October 2021
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Thank you for the great review! We hope you're able to come back for our "Baseball: America's Home Run" exhibit
Written 11 March 2022
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Chris D
Athens, GA44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Postal history? Not interesting, right? WRONG! This turned out to be one of, if not the most underrated and under-visited museums in the city. Exhibits for stamps, baseball, the history of how mail is processed, and various ways of delivering the mail. It truly was informative and interesting.

One of the best parts of the museum was that they have 2 charging stations with lockers for each phone. These are free for use. Punch in a code that you make, plug the phone into the cable, then stroll around the museum. Come back and punch the code in and retrieve your phone. It was a lifesaver after walking around the city all day and taking photos.

Very good job on this facility!
Written 2 May 2022
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Chris - we love that you found so many things to enjoy, including our charging stations! We appreciate the lovely comments.
Written 17 June 2022
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Brandon K
Flagstaff, AZ2,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Last time I was here, we brought kids and they had a great time. This time it was all adults taking a break before more meetings nearby, and the museum is just as excellent for adults. I payed more attention to the historical stamps and letters this time. It is in a beautiful building right next to Union Station and you can go through quickly or really dig in and spend half a day here.
Written 18 March 2022
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Brandon - It's always great to hear that our museum is fun for all ages. Thanks for leaving a review!
Written 17 June 2022
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Passport53
Oxford, AL157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
For some reason, our two children LOVED this place. It was one of their favorite museums. They have various displays that are interactive where you can deliver mail, throw boxes into bags etc. I recommend going! Also, it's the Postal Museum so it wasn't as crowded as some of the other museums we visited.
Written 11 April 2023
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is one of those hidden gems that many people don't know about. If you love stamps, postcards, and anything to do with mail then you should not miss going to this museum. Entrance is free but you do have to go through security to enter. There are many displays showing the beginning of mail delivery throughout the decades.
Written 11 May 2023
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