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.

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Permanent exhibitions

Mail Rail and The Postal Museum exhibitions are in two seperate buildings on Phoenix Place connected by a zebra crossing.

Inside The Postal Museum exhibition
Inside The Postal Museum exhibition
Get up close to designs by giants of 20th century graphic art who designed posters for Transport for London as well.
Get up close to designs by giants of 20th century graphic art who designed posters for Transport for London as well.
Fend off highway men (and the odd lionness) in our mail coach game. Can you deliver the mail on time?
Fend off highway men (and the odd lionness) in our mail coach game. Can you deliver the mail on time?
Whole sheet of Penny Blacks, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, are among many innovations on display.
Whole sheet of Penny Blacks, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp, are among many innovations on display.
Postbuses used both to deliver mail to remote or rural areas and ferry passengers.
Postbuses used both to deliver mail to remote or rural areas and ferry passengers.
See what you'd like like delivery post in our replica Post Masters wardrobe.
See what you'd like like delivery post in our replica Post Masters wardrobe.
Send a secret message to a friend (or stranger) and watch your messages wizz over head.
Send a secret message to a friend (or stranger) and watch your messages wizz over head.

Temporary exhibition

Temporary exhibitions are included with your museum ticket.

  • Wish You Were Here: 151 Years of the British Postcard

    Wish You Were Here celebrates and explores the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for more than a century and a half.

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Previous exhibitions

Take a look through our previous exhibitions, covering the topics of the sunken ship Gairsoppa and The Great Train Robbery.

  • Voices from the Deep

    Forgotten letters recovered from the SS Gairsoppa, shipwrecked at the bottom of the Atantic ocean.

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  • The Great Train Robbery: Crime & The Post

    Explore the investigation into one of the most audacious crimes of the 20th Century and discover other stories of crime through the post.

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