National Postal Museum


The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately. The museum uses exhibitions, educational public programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors and visitors from around the world.

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The National Postal Museum remains temporarily closed, but will reopen to the public on Friday, August 27, on a limited basis. We will be open Friday to Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

No timed-entry passes will be required to visit our museum.

Safety Measures
To protect the health of visitors and staff, safety measures based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other sources will include:

  • Requesting that all visitors who are sick or do not feel well stay home.
  • Requiring all visitors ages 2 and older to wear face coverings during their visit. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a face covering in outdoor spaces.
  • Closely monitoring and limiting the number of people in each location.
  • Implementing safe social distancing, including one-way paths and directional guidance where appropriate.
  • Providing hand-sanitizing stations for visitors and conducting enhanced cleaning throughout all facilities.

Some museum exhibits, galleries, interactives, theaters, retail stores or indoor spaces may be closed or operating at a limited capacity.

Detailed information for visitors will be updated on our website to always reflect the most current information available.

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Friday to Tuesday,
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(closed December 25)

Admission is always free!

2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

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