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Upcoming Exhibits

The National Postal Museum is divided into galleries that explore America's postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported, emphasize the importance of letters, and spotlight the creation and wondrous diversity of postage stamps.


John Muir stamp art
John Muir stamp art.
Courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection

Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks

June 9, 2016 – March 25, 2018
Did you know that a village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon eats most of its mail? Or that America’s newest national park was once so secret it used an undercover address? "Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks", a two-year temporary exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, will chronicle these and numerous other intersections between mail and our national parks. Featuring original postage stamp art from the United States Postal Service and artifacts loaned by the National Park Service, the exhibition will explore the myriad – and sometimes surprising – ways that mail moves to, through and from our national parks.