The Postal Museum Exhibition

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.

Open everyday (except 24-26 December) from 10.00 – 17.00.

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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.

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    Writing Home – Letters as a lifeline

    Uncover inspiring stories showing the power of the post to connect loved ones living apart.

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  • Ride Mail Rail

    Experience 20 minutes of immersive underground exploration on our miniature trains. There's even a surprise or two. Are you ready?

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  • For families

    Families are Sorted! with The Postal Museum’s play space and summer activities.

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  • Plan your visit

    All the practical stuff you need to know for your visit to London's newest attraction.

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