National Postal Museum

The National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, USA, was founded in a collaboration between the United States Postal Service and the Smithsonian Institution and opened in 1993. The museum is located across from Union Station, the former main post office of Washington, DC ( by Brand 1914-1986 ). The building was designed by Daniel Burnham, who was also the architect of Union Station, and completed by Ernest R. Graham.


In 1886, the Smithsonian Institution received a sheet 10 cent stamps of the Confederate States paid. This was the time of establishment of the National Philatelic Collection. Meanwhile, the collection through acquisitions, increased donations from individuals and other countries and transfers from other government agencies to more than 5.9 million pieces.

From 1906 to 1963, the home of the collection of the Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall. In 1964, the collection moved into today's National Museum of American History and has been extended to the postal history and stamp production. Since the move in 1993, the museum is located at its current location.


The museum houses many interactive displays about the history of the United States Postal Service and the postal services around the world. Also seen is issued a large stamp collection. The museum has a souvenir shop and a stamp act. There is also an exhibition about the Pony Express and the Mail transport by railway, as well as an interactive exhibition on Direct Marketing " What's in the Mail for You, " As in all the Smithsonian museums, admission is free.

The Department of Labor of the United States operates the headquarters of the Office of Labor Statistics in the building.