Grand Opening

Sunday, September 22, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Family Activities

These fun family activities will be waiting for you at the National Postal Museum on the day of the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery Grand Opening!

Photomontage of museum visitors working with stationary, stamps, and other paper material.
Make Your Own Stamp Collection!
Pick out six from our bins of stamps from around the world.  Take home this personalized souvenir, featuring your favorite topic, be it sports, animals, art or just about anything else!  Afterwards, visit the museum’s new stamp collecting activity stations in “Connect to US Stamps” Gallery or see a stamp from every country in “Stamps around the Globe”.

Stamp Design Contest
Could you be a stamp designer? Show us your artistic talents. Design your dream stamp and enter to win, by public facebook poll, the design of the day! The first place prize will receive a sheet of their stamps produced as real postage. See the stories of real stamp designers and design a stamp with your photo in the “Connect to US Stamps” Gallery.

Correspondence Salon for Families
Send a special hand-made card from the Grand Opening of the Gross Stamp Gallery. We’ll have pretty paper and whimsical ink stamps for everyone to decorate their cards and envelopes before they’re mailed. Visit the museum’s stamp store to pick out a stamp and request a special Gross Stamp Gallery postmark. Too busy to decorate your own? Select one of the museum’s free postcards to send, available behind the information desk.

Photomontage of museum visitors working with stationary, stamps, and other paper material.
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck & Tweety Meet-and-Greet
Kids love Looney Tunes characters, and these three kids-favorites’ will be available all day to pose for pictures and delight both young and old. Having been previously featured on U.S. postage stamps, they are no strangers to philately and will love being part of the day’s events.

Meet Ben Franklin!
Benjamin Franklin wouldn’t miss the opening of the Gross Stamp Gallery. He’ll be at the museum talking about his favorite objects going up on display. Which do you think he’ll like the most? Come find out and ask him to pose in a photo with you while you learn about his role in history of the post. You’ll find his profile on prominent display in the “Gems of American Philately” gallery as the U.S.’s first postage stamp.

Scavenger Hunt
Are you ready for the mission? Take the scavenger hunt sheet to explore the museum – claim your prize after you visit all the stops indicated on the sheet and complete your tasks!