Mission and Vision


Through the preservation and interpretation of our postal and philatelic collections, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum educates, challenges, and inspires its audiences on the breadth of American experiences.


The National Postal Museum will become the world’s greatest philatelic resource and house the definitive collection of American postal history. We will prioritize the increase and diffusion of knowledge through our research, scholarship, exhibits and education, and lead the Smithsonian in becoming the most welcoming and accessible museum.

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A First Day of Issue ceremony taking place in the National Postal Museum's Atrium.