Media Advisory: National Postal Museum Reopens the Ford Education Center

Press Release

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 10; 5-8 p.m.

WHERE: National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

To celebrate the Ford Education Center redesign, The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum is inviting the public to join us for a late night at the museum, where visitors will get the first look at the new custom-designed databases, along with educational activities and refreshments. These interactive kiosks will allow visitors to explore objects rarely on view within the museum’s galleries. The objects and interpretive text enhance the visitors’ understanding of postal history and its history of the nation. The updated system uses engaging graphics and educational games to help the visitor create connections between themselves and the objects within the collection.

This kid-friendly museum night will provide families with a great, free activity on Friday night. As they explore the museum’s exhibits, guests play games and enjoy a light dinner of kid-style finger foods.

“The Postal Museum redesigned this computer interactive to give visitors a dynamic tool to enhance their experience in the museum. They’ll have access to historical objects that rarely go on view, as well as games that capture the fun and adventure of postal history and stamp collecting. The Ford Education Center compliments what the museum already offers, fills in the gaps, and directly addresses what families are looking for during their museum visit,” said Aurelie Henry, museum project manager.

Ford Motor Company’s support of the National Postal Museum is part of the company’s long-standing commitment to education and the arts. Ford is committed to creating educational opportunities that stimulate creativity and diversity.

The National Postal Museum is devoted to presenting the colorful and engaging history of the nation’s mail service and showcasing the largest and most comprehensive collection of stamps and philatelic material in the world. It is located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue N.E., Washington, D.C., across from Union Station. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed on Dec. 25) For more information about the Smithsonian, please call (202) 633-1000 or TTY (202) 633-5285, Web site:

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