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.

The National Postal Museum remains temporarily closed. To view the status of the Smithsonian’s other museums and Zoo, visit

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.

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

block of four National Postal Museum stamps
September 22, 1935

Two rockets, loaded with mail, are launched on Long Island, New York. Instead of delivering mail to a predetermined destination, both rockets exploded, destroying most of the mail.