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Co-Host Your Special Event at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

photo from a balcony of the Postal Museum of a plane suspended in air
The Historic Lobby  
Photo by Juan Carlos Briceño, Catering: Occasions Caterers, Design: Hargrove, Lighting: Showcall

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is devoted to the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcases the largest and most comprehensive collection of stamps and philatelic material in the world. Located adjacent to Union Station, the museum offers ease of arrival and departure for guests via cab service, metro, or bus line. Just steps away from Capitol Hill, the National Mall, and many downtown hotels, the National Postal Museum is the ideal location in Washington, D.C. to entertain.

The National Postal Museum provides an exceptional setting, which boasts:

  • More than 30,000 square feet of exhibit spaces for your guests to explore, including the world's largest philatelic gallery

  • Outside terrace featuring the Windows Into America installation

  • Beautiful and historic beaux arts style building

Docents, volunteer gallery interpreters trained by the National Postal Museum, enrich events by providing tours or answering questions about exhibit concepts . This complimentary amenity enhances any special event.

Virtual Tour- photo of the atrium of the Postal Museum

The Atrium

As guests descend the escalators to the Atrium, they are greeted by the splendor of marble floors and a magnificent skylight ceiling. Guests are surrounded by a vintage train car, numerous mail vehicles, and three airmail planes that suspend from the 90-foot-high-space. Guests are invited to explore any of the postal history exhibitions located in this area.

  • Seated capacity: 100

  • Standing capacity: 300

Virtual Tour- photo of the lobby of the Postal Museum

The Historic Lobby

The Historic Lobby, with its grandiose rosette ceiling, elegant marble floors, and classical columns is one of the most magnificent and historic spaces in Washington. Guests are invited to explore the largest philatelic gallery in the world and access an outside terrace with a breathtaking view of the U.S. Capitol. Four state-of-the-art video screens can be programmed to display customizable presentations.

  • Seated capacity: 275

  • Standing capacity: 600

For more information on co-hosting an event at the National Postal Museum, please contact:
Email:, Tel: 202.633.7900

Event Space Brochure (PDF) | Event Policy (PDF)