The National Postal Museum is located
across the street from Union Station, making it a convenient and
pleasant stop along your tour of Washington D.C.. The visit will only
take you about an hour, and it is a worthwhile diversion if you have
more than one day to spend in the city. Housed in the beautiful former
City Post Office, the Museum is divided into five galleries. They depict
the history of the mail service from colonial times to the present, with
special displays on the more notable events in postal history like the
Pony Express and The Duck Stamp Story.
The Museum is home to the largest stamp
collection in the world and contains numerous philatelic rarities. The
interactive games and activities will definitely entertain kids. A
favorite is where visitors get to place their image on stamps and
postcards at one of the numerous various video terminals.
The "Moving the Mail" exhibit
features the machinery used to deliver mail. Examples include a
stagecoach, railway mail cars and the three vintage mail planes
suspended from the Museumís beautiful 90-foot high atrium.