- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 13, 2002

Location: The Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

Directions: The museum stands at the corner of First Street and Massachusetts Avenue NE, across from Union Station. Enter via the historic lobby of the Washington City Post Office Building; a wheelchair-accessible entrance is located on First Street. The closest Metro stop is Union Station on the Red Line.

Hours: The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; closed Dec. 25.

Tours and highlights: Drop-in museum highlight tours occur daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., subject to docent availability. Self-guided tour programs for adults, teens and children are available as well. The Library Research Center contains 40,000 volumes and is among the world's largest postal history and philatelic research facilities. The library is open to the public by appointment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Admission and parking: Admission is free. Limited on-street parking is available. The easier bet is to park at Union Station.

Information: Call 202/357-2700. The Web site, which lists all public programs, is www.si.edu/postal.

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