The national collection illustrates and invites research into United States philately and postal operations. It contains prestigious postal issues and specialized collections, archival postal documents and three-dimensional objects that trace the evolution of the postal services.
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 and the wondrous diversity of postage stamps.
The Museum supports a wide variety of interdisciplinary research projects which address topics of importance such as current and future postal operations, as well as philatelic and postal history. Our efforts are a resource and point of reference for research and wider investigation by historians throughout the United States and the world.
Support the National Postal Museum
The Smithsonian National Postal Museum is filled with treasures that teach and inspire millions of visitors 364 days a year, free of charge. While Federal support is essential to the basic operations of the Museum, only private funds can provide the dependable, creative, and flexible support needed for the Museum to thrive.
Your support enables us to build compelling exhibitions, create engaging educational and public programs, achieve the highest standards in conservation, conduct research activities, and maintain a tradition of excellence.
Help today with a tax-deductible gift to the National Postal Museum.
Other Ways to Give
Call us at 202.633.7900 to make a contribution via credit card. Monday – Friday, 9AM-5PM, Eastern Time.
Make your check payable to the National Postal Museum and send to:
PO Box 418320
Boston, MA 02241-8320
*This is a remote deposit location that processes donations for the National Postal Museum.
By Federal Express
National Postal Museum
Attn: External Affairs Department
2 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Room 153
Washington, DC 20212-0022
For More Information
To learn more about supporting the National Postal Museum, please contact the External Affairs Department at 202.633.7900 or NPMgiving@si.edu.
Learn more about the current projects in need of support:
Join our community, the National Postal Museum Society, which provides crucial unrestricted funding to allow the museum to act on new opportunities, plan for the future, and strengthen ongoing programs, initiatives, and collections. These gifts support new educational programs, build new exhibits, display and preserve the Museum’s six million-piece collection, encourage new collectors and teach American history.
Your gift will allow the Museum to improve, expand, and better fulfill its mission.
Support the Department of Education and Visitor Services in its mission to create meaningful connections between visitors, students and the world of stamps and postal history. Postal-themed public programs engage, inspire, and entertain eager learners of all ages. School tours teach valuable skills, challenging students to improve their problem-solving and creative-thinking abilities. NPM’s youngest visitors engage with children’s stories and creative play during Story Time. Teachers can join the new CollectED community, where they can be connected to the many resources available to classroom teachers including lesson plans, classroom material, and professional development opportunities both onsite and online. Our dedicated volunteers support family day celebrations, lead daily museum tours, and provide hands-on demonstrations and activities in the galleries while making the museum a welcoming and relaxing place for families spending the day and travelers spending an hour.
Your gift will allow the museum to expand its program offerings and provide audiences new opportunities at the museum and in classrooms across the country.
Support the Philatelic Exhibits Department and help us continue fulfilling our mission of exhibiting stamp and cover collections that would otherwise be inaccessible, and presenting these materials in a way that is engaging, exciting, and relevant to all our visitors. From June 9, 2016 – March 25, 2018, our visitors have the opportunity to learn about the history of our national parks, as told through the fresh and unique lens of stamps, postal art, and philatelic artifacts. “Trailblazing: 100 Years of Our National Parks” is the fourth rotating exhibit in the historic Postmaster’s Suite, and we look forward to debuting new, exciting, and cutting-edge exhibits in this space moving forward.
Your gift will support upcoming exhibits in the historic Postmaster’s Suite.
Postal History Exhibits
Support the Postal History Department in its efforts to tell the story of the postal system and how it continues to shape the history of the United States. More than the history of a communication system, it is the story of the development of democracy and the binding together of this great nation. It is the history of the development of communities and commerce across the country. It is the history of transportation systems and individuals, delivery services and connections. It is the history of America, and a crucial piece of our future.
Your gift will allow the museum to preserve remarkable historical treasures and feature new exhibitions, including a new exhibit to commemorate the centennial of America’s military involvement in World War I. This exhibit will feature letters by General John Pershing and Americans in the war.
Support the Mailing Industry project and help tell the story of America’s Mailing Industry: a two-hundred year legacy shared by organizations and individuals working in conjunction with mail delivery in the United States, and around the world.
The Smithsonian National Postal Museum, the nation’s premier institution celebrating stamps and postal history, honors outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of philately with the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Awards. The museum’s Council of Philatelists will select three distinguished individuals to receive this year’s award. Join us on October 19, 2019, in honoring and celebrating the 2019 SPAA Awardees at the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Awards Gala in Washington, DC. All proceeds support the National Postal Museum’s programs that educate, inspire and spark joy in people’s lives, through the extraordinary lens stamps and postal history. Additional information.