National Postal Museum

Love letter to the U.S. mail

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The National Postal Museum,  a Smithsonian museum, tells the story of the mail, touching upon the lives of those who deliver it, those who send it, the methods of dispatch through the centuries, and how our current system evolved from ancient Egyptian times. The museum occupies the lower level of what used to be the Washington City Post Office building. Architect Daniel Burnham designed the Beaux Arts structure and that of its neighbor, Union Station.

Exhibit areas branch off a glass-topped central atrium. On display are century-old mail planes, a stagecoach, a progression of US mail trucks, a replica of a railway mail car, and various interactive kiosks.

Metro: Union Station on the Red Line.

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2 Massachusetts Ave. NE DC


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