The Postal Museum

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The Postal Museum in London reveals Britain's remarkable social and communications history through the eyes of an iconic service. Take a ride on Mail Rail and experience 15 minutes of immersive underground exploration on our miniature trains.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive

Opening hours

Open daily from 10.00 - 17.00

Admission charges

See website for more details


  • National Art Pass

Additional info

Accessible toilets & baby changing
2x shops and café
Child-friendly eating & baby feeding
Free WiFi
Wheelchair & buggy access

The entire collection of The Postal Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance. The Archive here at The Postal Museum has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation in 2019.

The archives relate to the operation, policy, development and social impact of the British Post Office from 1636 to the present day. The collection is outstanding in terms of its evidential, historical and cultural value and represents a comprehensive and complete coverage of the role the Post Office in employment history, overseas expansion, communications and community cohesion.

We are a combined Museum and Archive, an internationally important resource for social - and postal - history.

The Archive (Discovery Room) is open to the public, please check the website for opening hours. It contains records of The Post Office and Royal Mail from the seventeenth century to the present day.

The Postal Museum Store in Debden, Essex houses objects ranging from the desk of Rowland Hill (founder of the Penny Post) to Mobile Post Office vehicles and an astounding assortment of letter boxes. The store is currently not open to the public.

Collection details

Trade and Commerce, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Photography, Music, Literature, Land Transport, Industry, Film and Media, Design, Costume and Textiles, Aviation, Archives, Weapons and War, Coins and Medals

Key artists and exhibits

  • Mail Rail exhibition
  • Interactive displays
  • Penny Black
  • Great Britain Stamps
  • Phillips Philatelic Collection
  • Letterboxes
  • Postal vehicles
  • Postal uniforms
  • Sorting machines
  • Hand stamps
  • Posters
  • Artwork
  • Photographs
  • Documentary films
  • Family History sources
  • Designated Collection

The Postal Museum
15-20 Phoenix Place




+44 (0)300 0300 700

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