Editors' pick

National Postal Museum - Smithsonian Institution

Through 12/12

Behind the Badge

An exhibition examining the United States Postal Inspection Service, its history and work.
Through 2/15/16

Freedom Just Around the Corner: Black America from Civil War to Civil Rights

A exhibition chronicling the African American experience through stamps and mail includes letters carried by slaves and a selection of original artwork from the U.S. Postal Service's Black Heritage stamp series.
12/10 - 3/13/17

New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art

Broadway, baseball, icons and other topics relating to the city are celebrated in a display of original works.
Through 11/1/17

British Guiana One-Cent Magenta: The World's Most Famous Stamp

The exhibition puts the world's rarest stamp, the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, on display.

Editorial Review

This museum is on the lower level of the historic City Post Office Building, which served as the District post office from 1914 to 1986. In addition to having one of the world's largest collections of stamps and philatelic materials, the museum has postal history material that predates stamps, vehicles used to transport mail, mailboxes, mailbags, postal uniforms and equipment.

-- The Guide 2007 (April 26, 2007)