Stamp collecting

The Museum celebrates the beauty and lore of stamps. A stamp is much more than the physical evidence that postage has been paid. Stamps can be miniature works of art, treasured keepsakes, and rare collectibles.

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Stamp Collecting Highlights

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Stamp Collecting Resources

Stamp collecting resources on the National Postal Museum's websites.

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Find all you need to know to begin a collection.

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Famous Stamp Collectors

Learn why so many famous individuals have been avid stamp collectors.

Collecting Ancestral Homelands- a blue map of the world with stamps overlaid

Why should you collect stamps of your ancestral homeland?

Introduction to Stamp Collecting

Simple things to remember when collecting stamps.

Complete Collection of U.S. Postage Stamps

The Museum’s online database puts the museum’s collection at your fingertips.

USPS Behind the Scenes Stamp Stories: Beyond the Perf

In-depth information about stamps, cancellations, and related events.


The Preservation Department focuses on the preservation of the Museum’s collection.

Preservation Resources

Preservation resources compiled by the Museum’s Preservation Staff.