The Postal Museum Exhibitions

Explore the surprising history of one of the greatest of British inventions, the post – the beginnings of the earliest social network.

From cryptic Victorian Valentine cards to a lion encountered on Salisbury Plain. And the odd pistol, too. There’s nothing ordinary about the story of the post.


What surprises await...

  • Poster advertising post card rates; featuring a crab looking at a postcard on a beach. Poster artist: Hass, Derrick. .

    Posters and design

    Get up close to designs by giants of 20th century graphic art who designed posters for Transport for London as well.

  • Lioness attack

    Fend off highway men (and the odd lionness) in our mail coach game. Can you deliver the mail on time?

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    World firsts

    Whole sheet of Penny Blacks, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp.

  • Quirky vehicles

    Postbuses used both to deliver mail to remote or rural areas and ferry passengers.

  • Dress up for all ages

    This is not the place to take yourself too seriously!

  • Pneumatic deliveries

    Send a secret message to a friend (or stranger) and watch your messages wizz over head.

Also of interest

  • Visit us

    All the practical information you'll need to help plan your visit.

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  • Mail Rail

    Secret, forgotten and abandoned until now. Take a ride and explore this unique experience.

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  • Audio Guides

    Letting you make the most out of your visit, our audio guide allows you to explore the galleries in 5 languages.

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  • Families

    Families are Sorted! with The Postal Museum’s play space and year-round activities.

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Day Out With The Kids Family Favourites Awards Winner 2018. Recommended in Lonely Planet's Ultimate UK Travelist.