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“Beautiful building and tribute to the Post Office” 4 of 5 stars
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National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
202 633 5555
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“Beautiful building and tribute to the Post Office”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Located beside Union Station, the Postal Museum is beautiful old architecture just like many of the pillared buildings in DC. Entering the grand hall takes your breath away.

The entrance floor is all about a tribute to the postage stamp. We happened to be there the day of the The William H. Gross Stamp Gallery opening. If you are a stamp collector, you will love this display. Luckily, when we walked in a docent was there and told us about the history of the first stamps. It was interesting.

But what was really nice to see what the tribute to the post office in the lower level - from the Pony Express to more modern mail delivery. Even the movie about how mail gets from the originator to its destination was quite intriguing.

The National Postal Museum is worth a stop while in DC.

Visited September 2013
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“by goen era”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

this by be the last time we see something postal related. as we all know very few people if any write letters today unless it is a bill we get in the mail. so if you are in the area take the time. the union station is right next door and if you are traveling by car you can park there the first 2 hours are free. please ask I may be wrong.

Visited December 2012
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Wilsonville, Oregon
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“Unexpected Find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Don't miss going into this former DC Post Office now Postal Museum. It is located next to Union Station, is free to tour, and is very interesting. There are very old stamps, equipment associated with postal service, and the building is beautiful. Great for kids, but adults will appreciate going down memory lane!

Visited September 2013
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“The Security Woman Could have not been more rude”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

I have been visiting Washington DC for several days. During these days I have visited many of the Smithsonians, the Supreme Court building, etc. I understand security measures and had no problems anywhere until we reached the Postal Museum. Please, to someone in charge there, if you take the time to read reviews, note that on September 20, 2013, at around 2:00 in the afternoon, the woman on duty was TERRIBLY RUDE. We did everything she asked, and was happy to do it, but she was so rude that it ruined the entire experience for us. In no other place this week were we treated this rudely. What kind of chip does that woman have on her shoulder? There are many interesting things to look at in this museum, an on this day work was being done to open a whole new exhibition, but if I go back and start to be treated this way, I will be turning around and walking out the door.

Visited July 2013
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“Don't miss this DC museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The Smithsonian National Postal Museum has just finished an $18 million addition (courtesy of Bill Gross and other 1 percenters), and it is fabulous. It has stamps from every country in the world and all kinds of interactive displays. Want to see one of the original 1918 Inverted Jenny stamps?. The museum has four. How about the only stamp ever postmarked on the moon? Got it.

It has 50 bulletproof pullout frames containing more than 700 stamps—one from every country that has ever produced stamps, including many countries that no longer exist

The kids will especially love the "design your own stamp" computers. They can take their picture and some background and graphics and finish it off by emailing it to anyone they want to.

Not only is this the world's biggest---and best---stamp museum it also extremely easy to get to. It's a 2- minute walk from the Union Station subway stop.

And it is all FREE!

Visited September 2013
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