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The National Postal Museum opens to the public July 30, 1993. The new museum houses and displays the national philatelic and postal history collection which is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world. The museum has five exhibit galleries, a Discovery Center, and a Library Research Center. The new museum is located in the old Washington, D.C., main Post Office building, a 1914 Beaux Art structure designed by architect Daniel Burnham.


  • Burnham, Daniel Hudson 1846-1912
  • National Postal Museum (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Smithsonian Torch 93-7 (July 1993): 1-2.
  • Smithsonian Year 1993. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994, p. 48.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


July 30, 1993


  • Openings
  • Architecture
  • Postage stamps
  • New Museums
  • Libraries
  • Postal museums
  • National Collections
  • Stamp collecting


United States

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