Eventually inaugurated in 1973 in its new home, the Musée de la
Poste is still situated in the Montparnasse area in the 14th arrondissement of
You will be able to experience the history of the postal service from the mail carriages
to letter boxes and the uniforms and the progression of the postal service over the
years. There is a vast collection of French stamps, and the Musée de la Poste is
the perfect place for any stamp collector or philatelist to visit and experience the old
and the rare that you may never see again in your life.
The Museum also holds lots of different items from the postal service such as calendars,
postcards, road guides, books produced by the postal service and itineraries, along with
archives and even works of contemporary art.
Also on display in this postal museum, you will be able to see French stamps that date as
far back as 1849, along with specific printing machines for stamps and even one of the
balloons that was used to send mail out of Paris
during the siege of 1870.
The Musée de La Poste is a joy to visit and by detailing the history of the post service
and the old methods of communication in an interesting way, it will provide you with a
lasting impression of how technology has changed things in the world we live in today, but
makes you appreciate what lengths some people went to, just to get the mail delivered in
The Musée de La Poste is also able to provide lectures, educational activities, films and
workshops for both children and adults. As well as these that can be booked, guided
tours can also be arranged in different languages to learn more about the French postal
service and its history. And as well as the permanent collection, the museum also
has temporary exhibitions that it organises throughout the year and these are on specific
themes during the time of the postal service.
The museum also has a shop that includes the practical information we would need to use
the postal service today, but also has numerous other uses and is a great place for stamp
collectors to visit. But you can also purchase stationary, books and gifts on
virtually anything you can think of that relates to the postal service. The
shop is open from Monday to Friday from 10am through to 6pm, and on a Saturday it is open
from 10am to 12.30pm and from 2pm until 6pm and is closed on a Sunday.
There is also a library and photographic library on site, but these are only open by
appointment from a Monday to Thursday and you would need to telephone 1 42 79 24 15 for
the library and 1 42 79 24 16 for the photographic library to arrange an appointment.
The Musée de La Poste is also open on a Monday to a Saturday from 10am through to 6pm and
again, but is closed on a Sunday's and French national holidays.
Address & Contact Details:
Musée de La Poste
34 Boulevard de Vaugirard
Telephone: 1 42 79 24 24 or 1 42 79 23 00