National Postal Museum

National Postal Museum

History Museum · NoMa
2 Massachusetts Ave NE (North Capitol St NE), Washington, D.C. 20002, United States
Open until 5:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
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    Greg P.
    "the make-your-own stamp activity is great for kids AND adults!"(12 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)
    Samantha M.
    "Give it a shot and show some love to the U.S. Postal Service system!"(3 Tips)
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  • Paul N.

    Beautiful collection of stamps.

    Paul Novarese · 3 days ago
  • Stephanie M.

    This place is amazing! Beautiful building, out standing collection, post secret exhibition. COME HERE AND STAY A WHILE.

    Stephanie Magnolia · 3 weeks ago
  • Ren W.

    Come here to send postcard

    Ren Wang · October 8
  • Norie W.

    Over looked a lot, but great for tourists!

    Norie Wright · September 25
  • Victor H.

    A true hidden gem. Must see

    Victor Holladay · September 24
  • Rob H.

    Plenty of interesting stuff even for people not into stamps. Be sure and drive the 18 Wheeler.

    Rob Havasy · September 2
  • Daniel S.

    Don't walk outside here at night.

    Daniel Shaw · July 27
  • Sari G.

    Such a cool and interactive museum! Check out the stamps and learn about how mail used to be delivered. I recommend this one!

    Sari Gordon · July 7
  • Anne M.

    Love that you get to go through the bin of stamps and take 6 home free!

    Anne MD · June 3
  • Miguel d.

    Supremely underrated and under appreciated. This place is awesome!!

    Miguel de Leon · May 19
  • Shay

    Free museum.

    Shay · April 8
  • Erin R.

    Very professional staff! Woman at the front desk was so excited about the mission she almost jumped over the desk. Love to see this!! 😃

    Erin Rath · February 28
  • Richard T.

    See the stamp and mailbox collections.

    Richard Tamison · January 27
  • Katherine W.

    The stuffed dog is seriously creepy.

    Katherine Wooten · September 16, 2014
  • Rachel L.

    surprisingly interesting and informative

    Rachel L · September 10, 2014
  • Andrea C.

    Very interesting and interactive. Loved seeing the Looney Tunes stamps from the 90s. Free admission and not crowded.

    Andrea C · August 12, 2014
  • AFAR Media

    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

    AFAR Media · August 4, 2014
  • Greg P.

    the make-your-own stamp activity is great for kids AND adults!

    Greg Pagans · July 18, 2014
  • Bridget G.

    This was a really neat museum. Would have liked to spend more time there. Ask about the mail dog.

    Bridget Griffin · June 25, 2014
  • Affinia Hotel Collection

    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.

    Affinia Hotel Collection · June 12, 2014
  • Jaime D.

    Make sure to mail yourself a postcard from the post office located in the gift shop. What a great place

    Jaime Davis Pederson · April 22, 2014
  • Stephie T.

    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!

    Stephie T · April 4, 2014
  • Zairina J.

    Cool museum

    Zairina Junid · March 8, 2014
  • Mackenzie H.

    The new Bill Gross museum is amazing.

    Mackenzie Hayes · September 28, 2013
  • Raven S.

    Super fun and really interactive! And educational. Very quiet too. DC's best kept secret!

    Raven S. · September 14, 2013
  • Kathryn T.

    had a great time sorting mail and learning about Owney

    Kathryn Turner · September 4, 2013
  • rhoda k.

    Great museum with lots of 'hands on' for the kids.

    rhoda kelly · August 12, 2013
  • Harper B.

    Really Awesome! Great for kids. Lots of interactive things and a few videos. One of DC's best kept secrects.

    Harper Bone · July 13, 2013
  • Harjit

    Right next to Union station.

    Harjit · April 30, 2013
  • Jeff C.

    Surprisingly great place for kids. Planes trains and automobiles -and stagecoaches.

    Jeff Cram · February 23, 2013
  • Jen K.

    Free admission and a great way to kill time if you're by Union Station.

    Jen Krug · November 18, 2012
  • Ryan R.

    Stamps sections is really interesting and so is the bomb mail exhibit.

    Ryan Rosado · August 10, 2012
  • Ben

    Get stamp marks from 18th, 19th, and 21st century!

    Ben · June 19, 2012
  • Shappell F.

    While you're here pick up some stamps, they have all the available designs you may not be able to find elsewhere

    Shappell Freudenburg · May 20, 2012
  • Samantha M.

    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!

    Samantha M · March 25, 2012
  • Sean M.

    Try and mail a letter here and they'll direct you next door to the Post Office. This is a museum.

    Sean McGrath · March 24, 2012
  • Insider Perks

    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

    Insider Perks · March 1, 2012
  • S J.

    This museum is a gem. Free admission, great exhibits that detail how much the postal service is tied in to American history.

    S Jaca · February 17, 2012
  • Kyle G.

    You can normally sort the mail but now you cant

    Kyle Griffith · November 26, 2011
  • Meredith S.

    Great bathrooms (skip the ones in Union Station), head here to cool off after hanging around Capitol Hill.

    Meredith Stewart · August 19, 2011
  • Emily R.

    Oddly enough, a disappointing selection of postcards at the giftshop...

    Emily Rader · June 19, 2011
  • Jeff M.

    Make sure to check out Owney!

    Jeff Meade · March 2, 2011
  • Jeff M.

    Don't forget to check out Owney!

    Jeff Meade · January 28, 2011
  • Jen D.

    hope to make it here this weekend

    Jen DeAngelis · March 20, 2010
  • Sara D.

    Make sure to take time to read the letters and watch the video in the "Letters From Home" military section.

    Sara Davis · February 28, 2010
  • Erin B.

    Really fun. I recommend the exhibit "Delivering Hope: FDR & Stamps of the Great Depression" and Postal Inspectors exhibit (mail bombs!) Read more

    Erin B · January 19, 2010
  • Anilu M.

    Un museo perfectamente diseñado y muy interactivo.

    Anilu Macias Dominguez · July 18, 2013

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