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.

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

photo of Donald M. Dickson
January 17, 1846

Donald M. Dickinson, Postmaster General 1888-1889, is born in Port Ontario, New York.

Today's Events

Jan 17 2020 - 10:30am - 12:30pm

Could you be a postal clerk? In this activity, a volunteer challenges you to sort mail, deciding which letters will be delivered and which would be sent to the Dead Letter Office.

Museum Highlights