About the Museum

Support the National Postal Museum

Your support enables us to maintain this tradition of excellence, open new exhibits, create exciting educational programming and offer cutting edge visitors experience. Please consider making a donation today!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to questions that are frequently asked about the National Postal Museum and about the history of postal service and philately.

History of the Museum

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum is located in the historic City Post Office Building, which was constructed in 1914 and served as the Washington, D.C., post office from 1914 through 1986.

Celebrating 175 Years of the Smithsonian Institution

As we welcome in the new year and commemorate the Smithsonian at 175, let's not only look back, but look ahead to what is on the horizon. In that spirit, please enjoy this short video about how our foundation is our future.

Host an Event

For your next special event, dinner, or business meeting, let the National Postal Museum prove an unforgettable setting.

National Postal Museum Councils

Several individuals donate their time and efforts to helping the National Postal Museum in various ways. Among those are the men and women who serve on the Museum's various advisory boards and councils.

Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Awards

The Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award honors Americans and individuals from around the world for outstanding lifetime accomplishments in the field of philately.


Volunteers are the backbone of the National Postal Museum, connecting visitors to the museum and its content! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities based on your interest and skills.


Want to gain valuable skills and experience working in a museum? Apply for a Postal Museum Internship! Work on a relevant project, get one-on-one mentorship from staff, and contribute to the museum's offerings.


Find information about job opportunities at the Museum.

Smithsonian Affiliations

As part of its outreach efforts, the National Postal Museum participates in the Smithsonian Affiliations. The program's mission is to make Smithsonian collections and resources more accessible to the American public.

Meet Our Staff

The National Postal Museum is blessed with a skillful and dedicated staff who help tell the story of the history of the Postal Service, and the story of American culture and identity through postage stamps.