While it may not be as well known as some of its flashier Smithsonian siblings, the National Postal Museum, dedicated to America’s postal history and philately (the collection and study of postage stamps), is no less charming. The museum, housed in a historic post office building across from Union Station, is full of interesting objects that illustrate the importance of a national mail system, including airplanes, train cars, handcuffs, uniforms, stamps, and the one-time unofficial mascot, Owney. After Owney died in 1897, postal workers rallied to have their beloved mascot preserved and you can visit him in the museum’s atrium.
“explore America's postal history”
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.
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National Postal Museum
- Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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