The museum is just across from Union Station, so it's very convenient to go there. We have been here three times and always find new things. There are now more exhibits, including extremely rare stamps from around the world, and a letter marked on the moon during the Apollo 15 mission. If you are interested in history and philately, this is a good place to visit for a few hours.
We are here to kill time. There are many consultations here, but we are not very interested in this aspect. The knowledge here is very informative and educational, but I think it is mainly aimed at adults, because only a small part of the content is suitable for children.
National Postal Museum (NATIOAL POSTAL MUSEUM) http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/ Opening hours: Daily 10:00-5:30 Free of charge The location is not far from Union Station. The Postal Museum is very knowledgeable, interesting and visible, and the exhibition arrangement is relaxed and lively, suitable for all ages. The exquisite images of stamps from all over the world hanging on the door are exciting. The exhibition introduces the origin of stamps. In 1847, the United States had its first stamp. The exquisite stamps issued by the United States over the years are sandwiched between metal framed display boards, and the plates are arranged on the wall. The audience can pull them out according to the index and have specific instructions. There was a male tourist who was so excited in front of a stamp, let us help take a photo in front of the stamp. The exhibition says that every stamp has a story. Yes, the design picture has a story, and maybe there is a story when you send a letter with a stamp. The exhibition also has some meaningful first day covers. Show the famous stamp collectors, there are no shortage of political figures and celebrities. The system details the history and operation of the postal system. In the past, the carriage sent letters, and now it is automatically picked up, and there are postboxes of various periods. With the help of adults, several children practiced scanning bar codes to sort parcels, stamping them, and experiencing being postal workers. There are many interactive projects. You can enjoy the stamps of various periods on the electronic screen, search and query, and then summarize your favorite stamps and send emails. You can make stamps and postcards with your own profile picture. There are three large boxes of used stamps on the table, large and small, and there are also small envelopes. You can choose six of your favorites and put them in the small envelopes to take away. We have selected stamps on the theme of previous Olympics and sports events, both from the United States and foreign countries. A girl concentrated on selecting small square portrait low-value stamps. This kind of stamps are very common and many have special meanings. The Postal Museum is holding an exhibition "Flying over the Pacific-Sino-US Mail Exchange", which tells the story of Sino-US relations through a unique method of stamps. There are Chinese Qing Dynasty stamps, contemporary stamps, such as stamps from the Cultural Revolution period. The museum has a post office that can send postcards. The stamp gallery named by William Gross, who donated 8 million US dollars in the museum, is a favorite attraction of stamp collectors.
We didn't see anything, we have to go back, my children have been busy (10, 12 and 15). There are many places in the museum that require attention. We like the various exhibitions, the history of stamps and the secrets of the post. The postal train with the movie is really cool. (My son likes to sit in Dagri and send mail.) There is a place where children and adults can pick six stamps to start collecting stamps. My kids are hooked. We didn't even go to the second floor. The museum is free. Make sure you spend time on the first floor. I found that I was very interested in the history of stamps and how the mail was delivered over the years.