Hidden Gem of DC: The National Postal Museum with Kids

This museum is the Hidden Gem of Smithsonians and definitely the “easiest” of the Smithsonians with kids! Excellent hands-on exhibits and the largest collection of stamps in the world. And the museum is right next to Union Station which makes it perfect for metro, parking and dozens of food options from Shake Shack to Chipotle! 

For tons more info, check out the Guide downloads ($5 each, $18 for 5)

Below are our family’s Top 3 Can’t Miss exhibits at the National Postal Museum. 

1.  The World of Stamps exhibit is, surprisingly so exciting! It is on the Main level right across from the welcome desk in the historic lobby. At this exhibit, you can create your own stamp design and email it to yourself, make a stamp collection and even take home 6 historic international stamps to start your collection! 

National Postal Museum Family Trip Guide Stamps Exhibit
National Postal Museum Family Trip Guide Stamps Exhibit


2.  Take the escalator or elevator to the lower level and explore Trucks, Trains and Stagecoaches in the Mail Call atrium! Toddlers will love climbing behind the wheel of a semi-truck or inside a train and Teens will love the Selfie Spots. Tons to explore and learn!

National Postal Museum with Kids - Stagecoach
National Postal Museum with Kids – Stagecoach


3. Finally end in the Systems at Work exhibit which teaches about the process of sorting and delivering mail. Fun hands on activities including sorting mail, tapping out the zipcodes and scanning packages. 

National Postal Museum - Sorting Game
National Postal Museum – Sorting Game

For more tips and short cuts, be sure to check out my Family Guides to the  Smithsonian Museums here with parking tips, the best times to go to avoid the crowds, age specific pages with Can’t Miss Exhibits, Gift Shop Alternatives and Daily Activities! Then check out the other Museum Guides which include a Passport for your kids to use on their Smithsonian Adventures!  

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