National Postal Museum Achieves Full Status as a Smithsonian Institution National Museum

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The Director of the National Postal Museum begins reporting directly to the Smithsonian's Provost as the NPM achieves full status as a Smithsonian Institution National Museum. Previously, it was a department of the National Museum of American History. Exhibitions at the NPM highlight America's rich postal history. The National Postal Museum is now a member of the International Association of Transport and Communications Museums.


  • National Postal Museum (U.S.)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • International Association of Transport Museums


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annals of the Smithsonian Institution 1997. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Archives, 2000, p. 60.

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


October 1, 1997


  • Postage stamps
  • Directors
  • Provost of Smithsonian Institution
  • New Museums
  • Stamp collecting


United States

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