Trip Planner: USA / District of Columbia / Washington DC / National Postal Museum
Learn about the history of the U.S. postal system and discover the stories behind its impressive collection of mail memorabilia at 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. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Washington DC holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the National Postal Museum and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Tours to National Postal Museum
National Postal Museum reviews
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.... more
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.... more »
This was a great place to visit. There is so history inside. I was pleasantly surprised how just how much I enjoyed our visit. From an original stage coach, to a mail railroad car, objects...
This was a great place to visit. There is so history inside. I was pleasantly surprised how just how much I enjoyed our visit. From an original stage coach, to a mail railroad car, objects... more »
We were staying across the street and went to see the Postal Museum and did not regret it. The museum is on two floors with the main exhibits downstairs (so don't forget to head downstairs, I fear...
We were staying across the street and went to see the Postal Museum and did not regret it. The museum is on two floors with the main exhibits downstairs (so don't forget to head downstairs, I fear... more »
This museum was not as interesting as other Smithsonian museums. There were a couple of issues that made our visit unpleasant. First, I am severely limited with my mobility. I depend on an electric scooter to get around. I read on the website that only one of two entrances with ramps was open. We could not find that entrance so my husband had to life my scooter up steps. Then the opening to the door was so narrow I could barely get through. Then we approached an elevator and it was out of order. Luckily there was another one. The museum itself had some interesting things on display but it wasn’t very big. Most of the exhibits were on one floor. There were a few benches throughout for those that needed it. Interestingly there was security all throughout the museum yet none outside. It was very uncomfortable approaching the museum where there were a large group of animated people yelling and being very aggressive yet you can’t go two feet in the museum without security being right there. They were nice enough, I just found that interesting. Beware as you approach the museum. We were present as a man decided to relieve himself all over the wall of the building. Parking was easy, there was metered parking behind the building and a garage behind that. There is no cafe or place to eat in the museum. The gift shop is very small.
Of all the museums in the Smithsonian I have been to, this was the most interesting. Taking you through the use and manufacturing of stamps to the delivery of the mail. Every room had something interesting to say. The staff were friendly and helpful, the rest rooms were clean and due our arrival time, we had plenty of space and time to read what we wanted. I would definitely recommend this over some of the other museums. Thank you for a informative and enjoyable afternoon.
The National Postal Museum has to be my favorite Smithsonian museum! It’s simply amazing. I absolutely love how interactive the museum is and the architecture is so beautiful. On the first floor you can pick out a few stamps to take home or even make your own stamp design. There is also a charging port station on the first floor where you can lock your phone and charge it, in case you ever find yourself running low on battery. Near the stairs to the lower floor, there are also a variety of postcards you can take home and send to others. The lower floor has a lot of fun interactive games. For example, you can test your zip code typing speed or your package throwing skills. So many fun and interesting activities to try. I highly recommend a stop at the Postal Museum if you’re in DC!
This is one of a nice museum in DC. Here you can learn the history of the postal service. Moreover, you can see the world of different kinds of mailboxes. This building was a local post office in DC built-in 1914 and became a museum in 1993. In this museum, you can also see many former transportation tools, such as the Plane, train, old school post car, and brougham. Enter this museum is free for everyone. You can learn a lot of knowledge from it.
The architecture is fantastic! The stamp exhibit was a lot of fun. There is a place where you can pick 6 stamps to start your stamp collection, which was my favorite part. They also have a lot of baseball memorabilia, including bats used by Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. It is right across the street from Union Station. It wasn't very busy, with no wait to get through security. Spent about an hour, but easily could do double.
Plan your trip to Washington DC
Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Washington DCSee all ›
Side trips from Washington DC
Hidden gems in Washington DC
Museums in Washington DCSee all ›
Historic Sites in Washington DCSee all ›
Trips in National Postal Museum by other users
60 days in Baltimore & Miami BY A USER FROM FRANCE Baltimore Miami 24 days in New York City, Washington DC & Miami BY A USER FROM POLAND New York City Washington DC Miami 29 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Los Angeles Tampa Washington DC 9 days in New York City, Philadelphia & Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES New York City Philadelphia Washington DC 17 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM INDONESIA Museum of the Bible National Air and Space Museum National Portrait Gallery 26 days in United States BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA Boston Providence New York City 38 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA Seattle Minneapolis Ely 60 days in Washington DC, New York City & Miami BY A USER FROM SPAIN Washington DC New York City Miami 10 days in New York City & Washington DC BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES New York City Washington DC 11 days in Washington DC BY A USER FROM GERMANY Museum of the Bible Capitol Hill National Postal Museum 32 days in United States BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA New York City Washington DC Idaho Falls 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM New York City Savannah New Orleans
Are you the owner of this business?Click here for promotion tips.