Postal Collections

This section of the museum includes the collections listed below and feature items and equipment dating from the 18th century to the present day. The many items and equipments document the evolution of the systems and techniques used by the Post Office in Portugal.

Scale models

Consisting of maquettes of CTT buildings, a post rider staging post and central stations.


Signs used in buildings and/or postal services such as boards, plaques and arrows, and also signs related to operating information or delivery times.


Urban post office furniture (administrative and customer service areas), safes and chest safes for safeguarding valuables, and specific CTT furniture.

Bags and Sacks

Mail bags and sacks for carrying the post and pouches and/or folders used to deliver correspondence.

Post Receptacles

Postboxes, embedded letterboxes, outdoor and indoor receptacles and respective accessories.


Miniatures of road, rail and animal-traction postal transport; stagecoaches; two-wheeled vehicles: bicycles, mopeds and motorbikes; light and heavy motorised post and telecommunications vehicles.


Work clothing consisting of postmen's and wiremen's uniforms and outfits worn by post office and railway post office staff.

Writing Material and Instruments

Various types of writing material used through history, including replicas of ink pots, pens and quills on loan from other museums.

Weights and Measures

Equipment and devices for measuring time (clocks) and the weight of postal items in order to calculate postage rates.

Machines and Stamping Devices

Calculators and writing machines and other equipment exclusively used by the postal service. Of particular note is the first mechanical mail sorter.

Postal Utensils

Various implements used by the postal service every day.