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Director
  
Allen Kane

Opened
  
1914

Phone
  
+1 202-633-5555

Public transit access
  
Union Station

Elevation
  
14 m

National Postal Museum

Established
  
July 30, 1993 (1993-07-30)

Location
  
Postal Square Building Washington, D.C.

Website
  
www.postalmuseum.si.edu

Address
  
2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA

Hours
  
Closed now Tuesday10AM–5:30PMWednesday10AM–5:30PMThursday10AM–5:30PMFriday10AM–5:30PMSaturday10AM–5:30PMSunday10AM–5:30PMMonday10AM–5:30PMSuggest an edit

Similar
  
National Museum of African Art, Renwick Gallery, Arthur M Sackler Gallery, Freer Gallery of Art, National Portrait Gallery

Profiles

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The National Postal Museum, located opposite Union Station in Washington, D.C., United States, was established through joint agreement between the United States Postal Service and the Smithsonian Institution and opened in 1993.

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Premises

The museum is located across the street from Union Station, in the building that once served as the Main Post Office of Washington, D.C. from 1914, when it was constructed, until 1986. The building was designed by the Graham and Burnham architectural firm, which was led by Ernest Graham following the death of Daniel Burnham in 1912.

The building in which the museum is housed, also serves as the headquarters of the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics as well as a data center for the United States Senate.

Displays

The museum houses many interactive displays about the history of the United States Postal Service and of mail service around the world. Also on display is a vast collection of stamps. The museum houses a gift shop and a separate stamp shop, along with exhibits on the Pony Express, the use of railroads with the mail, the preserved remains of Owney (the first unofficial postal mascot), and an exhibit on direct marketing called, "What's in the Mail for You," that produces a souvenir envelope with your name printed on it and a coupon for the gift shop. As a Smithsonian museum, admission is free. This museum also houses a library.

In 2005, the museum acquired John Lennon's childhood stamp collection.

In September 2009, the museum received a $8 million gift from investment firm founder William H. Gross to help finance the expansion of the museum. The museum now hosts the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery named in his honor.

Events

Since 2002, the museum has presented the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award every two years.

References

National Postal Museum Wikipedia


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