CAPITAL JOURNEY – WASHINGTON , DC . A VISIT TO THE NATIONAL POSTAL MUSEUM .

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While  in  our  Nation’s  Capital ,  visit  a museum  that  you  didn’t  even  know  existed .

But  this  is  Washington  DC ,  there’s  a museum  for  just  about  everything .

Right  across  the  street  from  Union  Station ,  which  is  one  of  the  biggest  terminals in the  country ,  is another  museum  that’s  part of  the  S

mithsonian  family .

It’s  called  the  National  Postal  Museum .

Now  I  know  what  you’re  thinking  out  loud .

I don’t  want  to  see  a museum  about  stamps .

I rarely  go  to  the  post  office  back  home  to  buy  stamps .

I  don’t  even  collect  stamps .

This  museum  is  way  more  than  that .

Yes ,  there  are  stamps  from  the  United  States   ,  there’s  even  an exhibit  where  you  can  pick  out your favorite  stamps  and  send  the  copies  to your  email  address .

You  even  get  to  see stamps  that  are  used in   foreign  countries  and  in  one  special  exhibit ,  there  are  stamps  known  as  the  1851 Hawaiian  Missionary  Stamps ,  way before  Hawaii  became  a  state .

On the  lower  level  of  the  museum ,  you  learn  just  how  the  mail used  to  be  delivered ,  by stagecoach  from  originally  Boston  to New  York  City  and  also  by airplane .

In  yet another  exhibit ,  you get  to  see  just  how  important  getting  letters  from  family  was  during  World  War Two .

Does  this  museum  still  seem boring  to  you ?

You  and  your  children  might  enjoy  looking  at  the  the  different  mailboxes  from  around  the  world .

While  the  United  States  mailboxes  seem  to  be  just  blue ,  they  aren’t  that  way  in other  countries .

They  seem  to  be  every  bright  color imaginable .

You  and  your  family  just  might  find  the different  color  mailboxes  and  the  rest  of  the  museum ,  well,  interesting

Even if  you  never  use  stamps .

 

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