Experience the amazing history of the United States Postal System with your whole family. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Postal Museum welcomes you into the world of the mail and stamp collecting, and lets you experience how letters travel, who delivers them, and how the postal system has touched the lives of so many people all over the world.

Plan Your Visit

Hours and guidelines for visiting the National Postal Museum.

Location and Directions

Find location, public transportation, and parking information.

Public Programs

Public programs at the National Postal Museum provoke thinking about postal history, philately, and related topics for diverse audiences.

Floor Plan

Get to know the layout of the museum’s galleries before your visit.

Tours and Itineraries

Docent-led tours are an excellent way to see the highlights of the National Postal Museum. The museum has regular free tours for visitors.


To ensure an optimal visiting experience the National Postal Museum offers these visitor amenities.

Information Desk

The Information Desk orients visitors and prepares them to get the most out of their visit.

Museum Shop

Find fun museum merchandise in both our on-site shop and our on-line store.


Get information about wheelchair accessibility and scheduling sign language and oral interpreters for tours.


Actual online reviews written by museum visitors.