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The National Postal Museum is divided into galleries that explore America's postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported, emphasize the importance of letters, and spotlight the creation and wondrous diversity of postage stamps.


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Two pistols used by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in the 1804 duel that resulted in Hamilton’s death.

Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon

May 25, 2018 – March 3, 2019

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum will explore the extraordinary life of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) through original mail sent and signed by him in his role as the first Secretary of the Treasury and through portraits of him and his contemporaries on postage and revenue stamps. The experience will be augmented by in-gallery interactives and educational programming, all coinciding with the Washington dates of the national touring version of “Hamilton: An American Musical.”

The exhibition will display the original dueling pistols used by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in the 1804 duel that resulted in Hamilton’s death. On loan to the museum from JPMorgan Chase & Co., this rare public showing represents the first time the pistols have been on public display in the Washington D.C. area. The pistols will be on display from May 25 – June 24, 2018.