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Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum

Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum

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NoMa, Washington
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    Greg P.
    "the make-your-own stamp activity is great for kids AND adults!"(17 Tips)
    Gaurav S.
    "... science of stamps and postal services."(4 Tips)
    Kathryn T.
    "had a great time sorting mail and learning about Owney"(4 Tips)
    S J.
    "This museum is a gem. Free admission, great exhibits that detail how much the..."(3 Tips)
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  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 4, 2014
    It is an interactive museum that tells the history of America's mail service since before the American Revolution. Highlights include a dog named Owney, mascot of the Railway Mail Service. Read more
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    Located right next to Union Station, this hidden gem features exhibits of stamps and philatelic objects, antiquated mail carrying vehicles and other artifacts from the history of our postal system.
  • Brooke H.heart icon on user image
    Brooke HardingJuly 23, 2018
    Their interactive exhibits are fun! You can use the handheld scanners to scan packages, and also play a computer game based on the sorting machines from the 1970s.
  • Andrea C.
    Andrea CAugust 12, 2014
    Very interesting and interactive. Loved seeing the Looney Tunes stamps from the 90s. Free admission and not crowded.
  • Sandi D.heart icon on user image
    Sandi DunlapJuly 18, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Love this place, especially the railroad post office and the interactive displays which are great for kids and adults.
  • Doug B.heart icon on user image
    Doug ByrneDecember 26, 2018
    They have some rare stamps on display. You will recognize at least a few of them, like the upside down plane aka the Inverted Jenny.
  • Sari G.
    Sari GordonJuly 7, 2015
    Such a cool and interactive museum! Check out the stamps and learn about how mail used to be delivered. I recommend this one!
  • Stephie T.
    Stephie TApril 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great field trip location for classes. They organize trips for pre-k and k (and now 1st and 2nd). Book your trips for the year early on because they are filled fast!
  • Paul S.heart icon on user image
    Paul SoltJanuary 2, 2016
    Great museum on the history of mail! Very fascinating to learn the routes, methods, and now OCR technology developed by Lockheed Martin.
  • Gaurav S.heart icon on user image
    Gaurav SaxenaJuly 6, 2017
    "Create your own stamp" section is fun. Lots of amazing facts and stories about the history and science of stamps and postal services.
  • Stephanieheart icon on user image
    StephanieNovember 2, 2015
    This place is amazing! Beautiful building, out standing collection, post secret exhibition. COME HERE AND STAY A WHILE.
  • Anne M.
    Anne MDJune 3, 2015
    Love that you get to go through the bin of stamps and take 6 home free!
  • Paulien Z.heart icon on user image
    Paulien ZomerJune 26, 2016
    I hadn't heard about the PostSecret campagne before, but it's great! Nice museum.
  • Erin R.heart icon on user image
    Erin RathFebruary 28, 2015
    Very professional staff! Woman at the front desk was so excited about the mission she almost jumped over the desk. Love to see this!! 😃
  • Insider Perks
    Insider PerksMarch 1, 2012
    It's safe to say we never realized how important the Postal Service was until we learned of its extensive history here. Great exhibits and tons of knowledge. Read more
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicJune 4, 2019
    Good place to catch an Uber from to avoid the backlog at Union Station.
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    MattDecember 2, 2018
    See if you can find their oldest piece of posts history from the Silk Road !
  • Harper B.
    Harper BoneJuly 13, 2013
    Really Awesome! Great for kids. Lots of interactive things and a few videos. One of DC's best kept secrects.
  • Hannah L.heart icon on user image
    Hannah LuddySeptember 26, 2017
    I love their lost mail exhibit! Lots of crazy mail stories from the docents as well :)
  • Jaime D.
    Jaime Davis PedersonApril 22, 2014
    Make sure to mail yourself a postcard from the post office located in the gift shop. What a great place
  • Raven S.
    Raven S.September 14, 2013
    Super fun and really interactive! And educational. Very quiet too. DC's best kept secret!
  • Heather P.
    Heather PoirierJune 10, 2016
    The Wine and Design event is terrific! I'm going to be a regular.
  • S J.
    S JacaFebruary 17, 2012
    This museum is a gem. Free admission, great exhibits that detail how much the postal service is tied in to American history.
  • Bridget G.
    Bridget GriffinJune 25, 2014
    This was a really neat museum. Would have liked to spend more time there. Ask about the mail dog.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CramFebruary 23, 2013
    Surprisingly great place for kids. Planes trains and automobiles -and stagecoaches.
  • Grace N.heart icon on user image
    Grace NgJuly 22, 2018
    Enjoyed the history of stamps but I loved the interactive DIY stamp.
  • Miguel d.heart icon on user image
    Miguel de LeonMay 19, 2015
    Supremely underrated and under appreciated. This place is awesome!!
  • John R.heart icon on user image
    John RichardsAugust 17, 2018
    Great history and interesting exhibits!
  • Samantha M.
    Samantha MMarch 25, 2012
    This place is a lot cooler than you would think. Give it a shot and show some love to the U.S. Postal Service system!
  • Rob H.heart icon on user image
    Rob HavasySeptember 2, 2015
    Plenty of interesting stuff even for people not into stamps. Be sure and drive the 18 Wheeler.
  • Greg P.heart icon on user image
    Greg PagansJuly 18, 2014
    the make-your-own stamp activity is great for kids AND adults!
  • Ian S.heart icon on user image
    Ian S.December 1, 2016
    Surprisingly good, check out the PostSecret exhibit.
  • Sean M.
    Sean McGrathMarch 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try and mail a letter here and they'll direct you next door to the Post Office. This is a museum.
  • Meredith S.
    Meredith StewartAugust 19, 2011
    Great bathrooms (skip the ones in Union Station), head here to cool off after hanging around Capitol Hill.
  • Jen K.
    Jen KrugNovember 18, 2012
    Free admission and a great way to kill time if you're by Union Station.
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    Pui Hong AngApril 8, 2016
    A not-so-hidden gem. Loved it!
  • rhoda k.
    rhoda kellyAugust 12, 2013
    Great museum with lots of 'hands on' for the kids.
  • Kathryn T.
    Kathryn TurnerSeptember 4, 2013
    had a great time sorting mail and learning about Owney
  • Netsirk
    NetsirkMay 11, 2019
    Learn about the history of mail/stamps/postal service!
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RosadoAugust 10, 2012
    Stamps sections is really interesting and so is the bomb mail exhibit.
  • Shappell F.
    While you're here pick up some stamps, they have all the available designs you may not be able to find elsewhere
  • Richard T.heart icon on user image
    Richard TamisonJanuary 27, 2015
    See the stamp and mailbox collections.
  • Paul N.heart icon on user image
    Paul NovareseNovember 24, 2015
    Beautiful collection of stamps.
  • Mackenzie H.
    Mackenzie HayesSeptember 28, 2013
    The new Bill Gross museum is amazing.
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LSeptember 10, 2014
    surprisingly interesting and informative
  • Russell L.heart icon on user image
    Russell LOctober 30, 2016
    Check out the Post Secret exhibit before it ends in 2017!
  • Erin B.
    Erin BJanuary 19, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Really fun. I recommend the exhibit "Delivering Hope: FDR & Stamps of the Great Depression" and Postal Inspectors exhibit (mail bombs!) Read more
  • Katherine W.
    Katherine WootenSeptember 16, 2014
    The stuffed dog is seriously creepy.
  • Daniel S.heart icon on user image
    Daniel ShawJuly 27, 2015
    Don't walk outside here at night.
  • Camille W.heart icon on user image
    Camille WrightSeptember 25, 2015
    Over looked a lot, but great for tourists!
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