National Postal Museum, Washington DC

#16 of 67 in Museums in Washington DC
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · 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.
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  • I visit this venue each time I visit DC. It is always an interesting visit. I lucked out as there was a tour conducted by a volunteer who offered numerous tidbits of information. It was a well...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Easy access. Staff very nice
  • Educational but not my favorite exhibit

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