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National Postal Museum NE Washington

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National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave.
NE Washington
DC
20002
Tel: (202) 633-5555

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The National Postal Museum is divided into galleries that explore America's postal history from colonial times to the present. Visitors learn how mail has been transported, emphasize the importance of letters, and spotlight the creation and wondrous diversity of postage stamps.
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    I really didn't think a postal museum would be that interesting but figured I would check it out based on the online reviews. Well I guess I shouldn't judge a museum by its subject. It was actually very interesting, with exhibits about e.g. mail from people in the Hindenburg and the Titanic, and the heartwarming story of the little postal puppy. And hey it's all free. Definitely worth checking out. Note that you will need to go through security.

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    This museum was one of the highlights of my trip! I ducked in for a respite from the heatwave of 2012 while exploring the city during 4th of July weekend. The postage stamp archive room was the best surprise--historic collections of stamps from every country in the world. The nice security guard kindly showed me the trick for opening the special drawers for optimal viewing in the dim lights.

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    This was a great museum. Very interesting and lots to see. There wasn't any wait and little crowd.

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    This museum is small but it's a great place to learn about the importance of the postal system in our history, how they function now and why we need it for the future. Worried about government reading your e-mails? Send a letter - those are legally protected unlike e-mails. Those founders sure knew a few things about spreading knowledge and maintaining privacy.

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    Excellent collections. Highly recommended. And it's a free of charge like all Smithsonian museums.

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