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The mail is something that most people take for granted. Most of us don't think too much about all that goes into delivering it. This fine museum may help to remedy that.

Here, one can learn all about the history and traditions of the US Post Office--starting with the first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin. See authentic Post Office stagecoaches, trucks, railcars, aircraft, and other memorabilia. Also, check out the stamp collection. And see the work of the unsung heroes of the USPS, the Postal Inspectors. These dedicated lawmen have dealt with mail fraud, corruption, shipments of contraband, letter bombs, and more hazards to public safety.

This building was the main Washington Post Office from 1914 to 1986. The museum opened in 1993. Donations come from the USPS, the Smithsonian, and private donors.

Address: 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE Washington, DC 20002
Directions: Metro: Union Station. The museum shares a building with the Capitol City Brewery, and is directly across from the station. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m daily, except Christmas.
Phone: (202) 633-5555
Website: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/

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  • Written Jul 30, 2007
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