National Postal Museum

The National Postal Museum, situated opposing Union Station in Washington, D.C., USA. It founded through joint agreement between the United States Postal Service and the Smithsonian Institution. It started in 1993. The museum situated across the street from Union Station, in the building that once offered as the Main Post Office of Washington, D.C.

The building develop by the Graham and Burnham architectural firm. Under the guidance of Ernest Graham following the death of Daniel Burnham in 1912.

Since 2002 the memorial has introduced the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award every two years. In September 2009, the museum got a $8 million gift from investment firm founder William H. Gross to help finance the expansion of the museum.

The museum now serves the William H. Gross Stamp Collection named in his honor. The building also functions as the head office of the United States Department of Labors Bureau. It also work as a data center for the United States Senate.


How to reach ?

Take the Red Line to Union Station. Leave through the Massachusetts Avenue exit. As you get off the escalator, the National Postal Museum will be across the street.

DC Circulator Bus

For inexpensive and convenient bus service through downtown Washington, DC with stops adjacent to the National Postal Museum and Union Station, try the DC Circulator Bus. For a detailed route map and schedule information, visit:

The DC Circulator Bus National Mall Route conveniently connects the National Postal Museum and Union Station to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. It costs just $1 to board the Circulator. Riders who pay using a SmarTrip® card will be able to re-board the Circulator for free within two hours from the time they first board the bus. The National Mall Route Union Station stop (Stop #1) is located near the museum at the intersection of E Street and Columbus Circle, NE.



Museum visitors can usually find taxis either on the street outside the museum or in front of Union Station.

Airport Ground Transportation

National Airport (DCA)
Dulles Airport (IAD)
Marshall Airport (BWI)

By Driving

From Maryland Arriving from the East
Follow New York Avenue (west) into the city.
Turn left on First Street, N.E.
Drive about 12 blocks to the National Postal Museum.
The Museum will be on your right at the corner of Massachusetts
Avenue and North Capitol Street.

From Maryland Arriving from the West or North
Take the Capitol Beltway
Exit on New Hampshire Avenue (south)
Follow New Hampshire Avenue, which will turn into North Capitol Street when you enter the District of Columbia.
Keep driving south on North Capitol to Massachusetts Avenue. The Museum will be on your left at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol.

From Virginia
Follow I-395 north
Take the Massachusetts Avenue exit
Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue (going east)
The National Postal Museum will be on your left at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street.


National Postal Museum Timings

Daily : 10:00 am – 05:30 pm
(except December 25)

National Postal Museum Fees


National Postal Museum Location

2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone Number: 202-633-5555

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