National Postal Museum

About the National Postal Museum

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum is located in the historic City Post Office Building, which was constructed in 1914 and served as the Washington, D.C., post office from 1914 through 1986. The Museum occupies 100,000 square feet of the building with 35,000 square feet devoted to exhibition space. The Museum also houses a 6,000-square-foot research library, a stamp store, and a museum shop.

Programs Available

Every Stamp Tells a Story
If every stamp tells a story, just imagine the tales you can craft through a miniature stamp collection! NHD participants and their families are invited to visit the Smithsonian National Postal Museum where they can create their own topical stamp collections to take home with them. Throughout history, philatelists--stamp collectors--have often focused their efforts on themes they find interesting. From space travel to modern art, you're sure to find a stamp associated with a topic of interest to you or related to your NHD project! NPM staff will be available to guide participants through the purpose and significance of a stamp, the tools of the trade, as well as an information resource about the museum’s collection. While here, make sure to leave time to explore our galleries detailing the history of the United States through the lens of the postal service and philately (stamps). Capacity: 35 participants at any start time.

Location: 2 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Times Available
Monday, June 15, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Senior Division students)
Tuesday, June 16, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Junior Division students)
Wednesday, June 17, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Junior or Senior Division students)
Note: Students will be assigned a starting time based on interest and demand (i.e., the first group of students at 1:00, the next group at 1:30, etc.)