Postal Museum is located in El- Attaba square. It opened during the 10th World Postal Conference in Cairo 1934.
The museum displays the history of the Egyptian post since its establishment in 1886 until now and contains the most important stamps that is issued by the Postal Authority. The stamp collection hall has been preserved as it was since “King Farouk I” reopened the museum that his father “King Fuad I” founded in 1934.
A huge marble slab at the museum entrance indicates that it was renovated in the 1990s. The beechwood displays however remained untouched.
The museum includes hundreds of thousands of stamps which dates back 150 years, as well as detailed models illustrating documentation, writing and postal services history since the days of the pharaohs.
In the stamp collection room visitors can find a rare photo of the first adhesive postage stamp in the world ” Penny Black”, issued in 1840 bearing an engraving of a young Queen “Victoria”.
There is a rare photo of “Sir Rowland Hill”, the first postmaster of the British postal services.
The Postal Museum houses the copper plates that were used in stamp making in Egypt along with original postal seals.
The first Egyptian postage stamps were printed in Genoa, Italy, in 1866 when Egypt was an Ottoman province. A year later, a stamp-making facility was established in Egypt.
The museum consists of two main rooms. The first room is dedicated to the history of the Egyptian Postal System, including the history of the Pharaonic, Roman, Ptolemaic, Arab and Modern age postal system, different means used to transport post and how it developed through the years.
Officially, the first Egyptian postage stamp dates to the time of “Khedive Ismail” in1830. The latest series of postage stamps in Egypt was issued in anniversary of Egyptian actors like Mahmoud Abdel Aziz and Nour el-Sherif as well as a special stamp commemorating Egypt’s participation in the recent FIFA World Cup.
Egyptian stamps remained until 1926 when the first stamps celebrating King Farouk’s birthday came out. The Postal Museum in the mid of Cairo is the reference for stamp collectors in Egypt.