National Postal Museum, Washington DC

4.7
Learn about the history of the U.S. postal system and discover the stories behind its impressive collection of mail memorabilia at National Postal Museum. Located inside the capital's central post office from 1914 until 1986, this arm of the Smithsonian Institution boasts a vast collection of stamps, mail-carrying vehicles from across the ages, and significant letters. The collection extends to some rather curious post-related items, such as the preserved remains of Owney the dog, the postal system's unofficial mascot in the late 19th century. Put National Postal Museum into our Washington DC trip maker tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The intellectual side of the stamp hobby makes for in depth stories of history, geography, famous people, culture, printing errors that resulted in items of great value and much more. This massive mus...  more »
  • DC Circulator stop nearby. Upstairs was old post office and downstairs was the museum. Interactive displays for kids. brother a postman so went in his honor. Great history lesson.  more »
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