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.

Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo Are Temporarily Closed
As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C metropolitan area and New York City, including the National Zoo are temporarily closed to the public.

The health and safety of Smithsonian visitors, staff and volunteers is a top priority. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and maintain ongoing communication with local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control. Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a re-opening date at this time and will provide updates on a week-to-week basis on our websites. Follow the Smithsonian on Instagram,  Facebook  and Twitter  for immediate updates @smithsonian.

In the meantime, we invite the public to explore the Smithsonian’s online resources by visiting  and museum websites for more information on virtual exhibitions, online collections and educational resources.

The National Postal Museum welcomes comments, suggestions or questions during these difficult times. Please email us or reach out to us via Facebook or Twitter.

Open every day (except December 25)
10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Admission is always free!

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

street map of Postal museum

Today in Postal History

July 4, 1872
Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the US, is born in Plymouth, Vermont. He was commemorated on a stamp in 1938.