Advisory: National Postal Museum To Open Alexander Hamilton Exhibition

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Marty Emery 
(202) 633-5518  

John Gibbons 
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National Postal Museum To Open Alexander Hamilton Exhibition; Original Hamilton–Burr Dueling Pistols on Rare Public Display


Thursday, May 24
9 a.m.: Remarks and preview of exhibition
(Press may arrive at 8 a.m.)


Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave. N.E.


Daniel Piazza, chief curator of philately, National Postal Museum 


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To highlight the life and career of Alexander Hamilton, the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum has brought together rare collections of mail, portraits, and postage and revenue stamps reflective of the first U.S. treasury secretary. The exhibition, “Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon,” also features the very pistols used in the infamous 1804 duel between Hamilton and then U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr that resulted in Hamilton’s death.

While the full exhibition remains on view through next March, the pistols will be on display May 25 through June 24. They are on loan from JPMorgan Chase & Co. This rare public showing represents the first time the pistols have been on public display in the Washington area.

In the 215 years since his untimely death at 39 in the duel with Burr, Hamilton has become an American icon. Stamps, money, movies, television miniseries, and now a hit Broadway musical, commemorate his life. The exhibition coincides with the June 12 opening of Hamilton at the Kennedy Center.