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Museum Highlights

In Memoriam: Nancy Pope, Smithsonian Institution Curator and Founding Historian of the National Postal Museum

  Stagecoach on exhibit in museum

Current Exhibits

The Museum's galleries explore America's postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported and the wondrous diversity of postage stamps.

Detail of a uniform showing zipper and patch

Object Spotlights

Learn more about objects in the museum’s collections. From the tiniest stamps to a full-sized bus, the museum is home to a wide variety of fascinating objects.

Negro Leagues Baseball stamp artwork

Special Themes

Browse these pages to discover resources organized by topic, such as African Americans in the Postal Service and Philately, Airmail Service, or Civil War.

Inverted Jenny stamp

Stamp Collecting

The Museum celebrates the beauty and lore of stamps. A stamp is much more than the physical evidence that postage has been paid. Stamps can be miniature works of art, treasured keepsakes, and rare collectibles.