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National Postal Museum
Ranked #35 of 478 things to do in Washington DC
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

Spend a good morning here as there is lots to see and explore. I enjoyed seeing the stamp collection they have as well as some very rare ones as well. There is a post office next to the shop downstairs where you post letters and postcards back. Home to your friends which is a handy place to know about.

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Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was told by a coworker that when I come to DC I have to go see the postal museum. It defiantly was not on the top of my list because I figured how interesting could it be? I'm so glad I went! From the stamp collection to the mail trucks, this place was awesome, interactive, and very educational (in a fun way!). I learned a lot that I never thought I'd care to learn and had the best time doing it! It's a place that's great for any age because any age can relate to the exhibits. A most see in DC!

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Reviewed August 4, 2014

Located next to Union Station, this museum is an unknown, or at least lesser-known gem! If you are a stamp collector, it has a fantastic collection there, complete with magnifying glasses you can borrow in easy-to-find displays on the walls in most rooms.

What I didn't expect was the complete history not only of stamps but of the postal system, ranging from the British Colonies to the Pony Express to Military and Wartime Mail to all the different ways mail has been delivered over time (Zeppelin mail?). There are historical copies of letters from the Titanic, Lindbergh's flight around the world, even a dog that rode the mail train!

The museum must be one of the newer ones in the Smithsonian Institute, as it is highly interactive, with great touch screens, games for kids and adults alike, fun clue-finding in the Postal Inspector Section, videos, audio displays of wartime letters to and from home.

We were going to zoom through this museum, but ended up being completely entertained for more than 4 hours!

Highly recommend!

1  Thank Opuleez
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

This a great place to learn about the postal service and history. There are great interactive areas for kids. It a great museum for everyone. It wasn't as busy as most other places which made it even more enjoyable.

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Reviewed August 2, 2014

The Postal Museum is not on the Mall with most of the other Smithsonians and is not as well-known, but it's worth visiting. The Museum seems to have determined "we don't have the Hope Diamond, the Spirit of St. Louis or the Star Spangled Banner, so we'd better make the most of what we do have"...and it definitely has.

The Museum was actually the national post office before it was converted into the museum space. It's a terrific building with two levels of exhibits. The first level focuses on stamps, and contains many rare and interesting ones such as the famous upside-down airplane stamp. The rest of the Museum is in a lower level with galleries surrounding a multi-story atrium with mail trucks, planes a stage coach and mail train car. This part of the Museum is devoted to the history of the American post office system.

It's a very balanced museum There's a lot of history, artifacts and information, but also multi-media content like videos and QR coded material. There's also plenty of things geared towards children such as interactive games, hands-on exhibits and vehicles that they can climb on/in.

Overall, it's about as interesting as a museum about stamps and mail could be; it's easy to take the mail for granted, but there is a lot behind the history of stamps and mail.

The Museum is literally next door to Union Station, and it's not at all crowded even at the height of tourist season, which is nice, too. The staff is limited, but I found them all friendly. There's no food on site, though, so get something to eat at Union Station before you arrive, because it's easy to spend hours here!

Thank Brendan S
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