Host an Event

Host Your Next Historic Event at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum

photo of the Historic Lobby decorated for a special event
The Historic Lobby
Photo by Juan Carlos Briceño, Catering: Occasions Caterers, Design: Hargrove, Lighting: Showcall

The National Postal Museum will not be engaging in third party rentals of the museum’s event spaces until at least December 31, 2020. This decision is based on multiple considerations including the ever-changing nature of the health landscape, the recent increase in positive COVID cases around the country and the Smithsonian Institution’s decision to extend the reopening timeline for many of our museums.

Consistent with Smithsonian Institution policy, we will permit refunds to existing clients that currently have events booked with the National Postal Museum through March 31, 2021. We will allow external parties to book National Postal Museum rental spaces on and after January 1, 2021 with a "soft hold," which would not require a deposit or executed contract, but would be subject to any social distancing or other criteria that may be in place at that time, and which may be cancelled by the National Postal Museum for any reason.

We appreciate your understanding.

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.

Corporations, associations, organizations and members of the general public have the opportunity to host a reception or dinner at a premier venue adjacent to highly acclaimed exhibitions.

The National Postal Museum allows private corporate and non-profit receptions, fundraising galas for organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and personal social events for adults such as weddings and receptions, memorials, anniversary celebrations and birthday parties.

  • Please note: Weddings are limited to four per calendar year only on Saturdays and no more than one per month.
  • Political activities including solicitations for candidates; campaign kick offs, or other activities directed toward the success or failure of a partisan candidate, political party, or partisan political group are prohibited.

Please email completed applications to:

Download events application

Download events brochure

Download events policy

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The Historic Lobby

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 William H. Gross Stamp Gallery which showcases American and international history through the unique lenses of postage stamps.

» Seated capacity: 250

» Standing capacity: 600


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The Atrium

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 suspended mid-flight. Guests are invited to tour the postal history exhibitions surrounding your reception.

» Seated capacity: 100

» Standing capacity: 300


Rates & Capacities

Entire Museum:

  • $15,000*
  • Seated Dinner: 350 (across two floors)
  • Cocktail Reception: 900

Historic Lobby:

  • $10,000*
  • Seated Dinner: 250
  • Cocktail Reception: 600


  • $5,500*
  • Seated Dinner: 100
  • Cocktail Reception: 300

Note: Additional expenses include custodial and security costs: $2,000-$2,500.

*Special rates apply for 501(c)(3) and Government Organizations:

  • Entire Museum: $13,000
  • Historic Lobby: $8,000
  • Atrium: $5,000

For more information on co-hosting an event at the National Postal Museum, please contact:
Email:, Tel: 202.633.7910