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2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC, 20002

The basics

In many ways, the story of the US Postal Service is the story of America—and the National Postal Museum chronicles this history in all its sweeping scale. Home to a vast collection—including the National Philatelic Collection (which contains more than 6 million historic stamps), photographs, interactive exhibitions, rare artifacts, and postal vehicles ranging from historic stagecoaches to modern planes—the museum offers an expansive view of this area of national history.

Thanks to its convenient location near Washington DC’s Union Station, planning an independent visit to the National Postal Museum is easy. The museum’s exterior can also be admired during hop-on hop-off bus tours of the city.

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Things to know before you go

  • Admission to the National Postal Museum is always free.

  • Volunteer-led collection highlights tours are offered on most days; research timings before your visit.

  • The National Postal Museum is home to a museum shop, including a specialist stamp store.

  • The museum is accessible to wheelchair users, and wheelchairs can be rented on-site on a first-come, first-served basis.

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How to get there

The National Postal Museum is at 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, just a few blocks north of the United States Capitol. Union Station, served by mainline Amtrak trains and the Red Line of the DC Metro, is located right across the street. The area is also served by numerous bus lines and can be easily reached by taxi or rideshare service.

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When to get there

The National Postal Museum is open daily, except on Christmas Day, from morning until early evening. It is particularly busy during the summer, weekends, and school holidays; consider visiting during other times of the year, and on weekdays, for a calmer experience.

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Popular Smithsonian museums

As a collective, the Smithsonian Institution is one of Washington DC’s top attractions, and it operates 20 individual museums and the National Zoo. In addition to the National Postal Museum, other popular stops include the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Portrait Gallery.

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