Bookmark and Share

Museum 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. Groups of 10 or more visitors need to schedule in advance to guarantee availability. Self-guided tours, school field trips, and guided tours for walk-in visitors are also available.

Sign language, oral interpreters, assisted listening devices, and descriptive guide experiences for the visually impaired may be requested with advance notice for tours and events. One week advance notice is recommended, but not required. Email: NPMTours@si.edu to make arrangements.


Group Tours

Groups of 10 or more visitors planning to attend a Museum Highlights Tour need to schedule their tours in advance. Email: NPMTours@si.edu at least three weeks in advance to make reservations for your guided group tour. Highlights Tours may be scheduled at 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. These tours are approximately an hour long and are not recommended for school groups.


Drop-in tours

Introductory tours of the Museum are offered to walk-in visitors at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (based on docent availability). These tours meet at the Museum’s information desk and last approximately 45 minutes. Please check the museum calendar to confirm dates and times.


Self-guided Tours

Self-guided groups may visit the Museum any date or time. Brochures, including a map of the Museum galleries, and information about highlights of the Museum's exhibitions, are available in a kiosk at the bottom of the escalators at the entrance to the Museum. A copy of the self-guided tour map can also be downloaded here.

Download Self-guided Tour Map (pdf)

20-Minute Self-guided Tour Itinerary

1-Hour Self-guided Tour Itinerary

10 FUN THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS (pdf)

SCAVENGER HUNT (pdf)

More information about self-guided tours for student groups is included in the Student Tours section of this website.