National Postal Museum Tours
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Giddy up for the Pony Express at the National Postal Museum. This quirky, interesting museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of the mail transport system – from land, sea, air, and even space. It has replicas of early airmail planes that delivered mail, as well as details on the short-lived but often romanticized Pony Express. Some of the artifacts on display include a 1390 Silk Road letter and Amelia Earhart’s leather flight suit. An interactive stamp exhibit delves into aspects of stamp design and production, as well as stories behind some of the most famous, historical stamps. Visitors can create their own stamp designs and watch videos from stamp designers. Another, related exhibit shows off stamps from around the world.
The National Postal Museum occupies the old City Post Office Building that dates back to 1914. The Museum occupies 100,000 square feet, dedicated to its exhibits, a research library, a stamp store, and a museum gift shop. The building itself is a draw for architecture lovers, with a 90-foot-high atrium that inspires admiration. The building also houses the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The National Postal Museum is conveniently located opposite Union Station in the northeast quadrant of the city. It is easily accessible by the red line on the city’s metro system, at the Union Station stop. As a Smithsonian Museum, entry is free for all guests. The Museum is open every day except for December 25 from 10am to 5:30pm.
Address: 2 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC 20002, USA
Hours: Daily 10am to 5:30pm., except Christmas Day
3 Tours and Activities to Experience National Postal Museum
Take a hop-on hop-off Washington DC trolley tour to explore the nation’s capital at your own pace. The route encompasses the city’s top attractions, including the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). This is the only tour to take you into the Arlington National Cemetery (if option is selected). Just hop off at any stop when you want to explore, and then hop back on the trolley to continue around the city. When booking, select a silver, gold, or platinum pass, depending upon your interests.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
This hop-on hop-off Washington DC bus tour includes three different loops with live commentary plus a night bus tour and admission to up to five total attractions. Use your 48-hour pass to explore memorials and monuments such as the US Capitol, Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Lincoln Memorial. Choose entry to attractions including the International Spy Museum and Madame Tussauds, or select a full-day bike rental.
Explore the most popular sites in Washington, DC on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of the top attractions in the nation’s capital — like the White House, Washington Monument, the National Mall, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery and more. Select a 1- or 2-day pass, for access to three separate routes and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live and recorded narration.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are National Postal Museum hours of operation?
National Postal Museum hours of operation: Daily 10am to 5:30pm., except Christmas Day. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience National Postal Museum?
The best ways to experience National Postal Museum are:
- Washington DC Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley + Arlington Nat'l Cemetery, Water Taxi Upgrade
- Washington DC Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Attractions Pass
- Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour of Washington DC: Monuments, Landmarks and Memorials
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