The shipyards are now dormant and the area is being “gentrified” which means impossibly hip restaurants and bars now line an area formerly full of sailors. The view is amazing.
The above building, on the other hand, is right in the middle of the action. It’s the National Postal Museum. The museum is worth visiting even if you don’t give a damn about postage stamps. The building itself is a treasure with marble columns and gorgeous woodwork, vintage mail trucks and postal boxes and many interactive exhibits. One of my favorite exhibits was PostSecrets, which is described as “an ongoing community mail art project” where people send in anonymous, homemade postcards containing their deepest, darkest secrets.
Most of the postcards are humorous but some are so worrisome that the founder of the project has regular meetings with a suicide prevention organization.
Unfortunately this museum doesn’t get the foot traffic they deserve. Did I mention that the entrance is free, and that it’s right across from Union Station? So, no excuses. If you’re ever in downtown DC with a few hours to kill check it out and maybe even confess your deep, dark secrets anonymously via a post card.
Check out other doors perhaps some hiding deep dark secrets at Norm Frampton’s place.