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Smithsonian National Postal Museum

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national postal museum exhibit in Washington DC

Journey back to the days of the Pony Express and see first-hand how the mail was delivered in colonial America, through times of war and into the present day. At the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, visitors learn about the amazing history of the American postal service and how it evolved to become what it is today. Located on the lower level of the old Post Office Building just next door to Union Station, the building was constructed in 1914 and served as the Washington DC post office until 1986.

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Today, visitors from around the world come to learn about the role the postal service has played in shaping our country. Six galleries offer interactive, engaging exhibits including three airmail planes flying overhead, a railway car and a stagecoach.


Thousands of stamps, postal artifacts and historic displays are also a main attraction. There’s also a museum shop and stamp store. Explore, discover and admire the significant lifeline of our nation’s postal service; it’s a memorable stop during your visit to Washington DC.

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