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National Postal Museum
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Great place to go to learn about the postal system. There are some hands on activities for children. Children like the railroad car, truck, and activities available.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

This may sound like a quirky go-see, but the National Postal Museum is my favorite of the Smithsonian museums--the exhibits are interactive and very interesting on both floors. Plan your visit to coincide with a bite at Union Station next door.

1  Thank Rosie K
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Wow. That is all I can say. This museum was one we stepped into on a whim to kill time before a tour and it turned into one of the favorite things we did. This may be one of the most beautiful buildings in all of DC, the ceilings, the windows, everything is photo worthy. The best part is that it isn't crowded at all! No lines, no waits and at times you may be the only person in a room. Do not miss the downstairs portion and the story of Owney, the postal trucks and military area. Great job at this museum!!!

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Reviewed 1 May 2014

It is one of the best Smithsonian museum I have ever been. I have been to Dc a lot but kept going the same museums until now. This is right next to the Union station and I think it is the old Dc post office but not sure. The building has been completely renovated and do not forget to go down to the first floor. I just could not believe how much technology and engineering goes into delivering the mail. You can see the first ever stamp released in the world in UK - black penny or something. The story of Inverted Jenny is almost unbelievable. You get to appreciate USPS once you see this museum. The kids can make their own stamps and email it to them. The manual sorting where you had to key in numbers was a bit of embarrassment when I learned people in old days did it 60 times faster than I did. Dont forget to look at the ceiling that has been completely renovated. The story of how each artist created the stamp was unbelievable. One artist counted the number of bricks on a light house. It was hard to believe the amount of work that goes into creating a stamp.

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

I know, it's hard to believe but the National Postal Museum really is the best Smithsonian. First, it is not crowded at all. Since it's not right on the Mall, I think that a lot of people skip it. It's tucked away inside of an office building right next to Union Station. There are 2 floors of fun for both kids and adults. There are a lot of hands on exhibits here. Kids get to scan packages, toss mail like they did in the old days, try to type in zip codes fast enough to keep up with the flow of mail, walk the old Boston Post Rd., drive a semi, ride in a stagecoach etc.... In addition to all of the hands on fun, there are a lot of interesting facts about the history of the post office and mail delivery. It's also fun for kids to be able to write post cards and mail them for free in the post office downstairs. I wish that we had more time there. Will definitely return on our next DC trip.

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