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.

Know Before You Go

Hours, tips and guidelines for visiting the National Postal Museum.

Location and Directions

Find location, public transportation, driving, 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.

Museum Highlights

The museum's galleries explore America's postal history and philately from colonial times to the present.

Museum Shop

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

Virtual Tour

360-degree panoramas lead you through the galleries of the museum.

Virtual Self-Guides

Choose the virtual self-guide that fits your mood and take a digital journey through the National Postal Museum.

Information Desk

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