In January of 2013 the National Postal Museum received a donation of $500,000 from the TurningPoint Foundation in Dallas, Texas to support a new education space that occupies the mezzanine level in the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery. The museum recognized the foundation’s generosity by designating the space the “Byrne Education Loft.”
The two programming spaces that comprise the new Byrne Education Loft has been filled with a diverse array of rich learning opportunities. The loft was created with a modular design that provides museum programmers and educators with maximum flexibility for a variety of programming including Story Time and Play Corner for young children and their families, to Wine and Design for after work happy hours of postal theme crafts, school field trips and teacher training programs, to scholarly and philatelic lectures and book talk. Using high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech, these programs support the museum’s exhibitions and mission of dedication to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately.