National Museum of American Diplomacy

National Museum of American Diplomacy The National Museum of American Diplomacy opens fully in 2022. Now on display is “Diplomacy Is Our Mission,” an exhibit on the story of American diplomacy.

Always great to have our Teacher Institute alumni and their students stop by for a visit! Ms. Fowler and her incredible ...
02/20/2020
Northwest High School Tour of the National Museum of American Diplomacy

Always great to have our Teacher Institute alumni and their students stop by for a visit! Ms. Fowler and her incredible students from Northwest High School visited us for a special tour of our museum and the Diplomatic Reception Rooms to learn more about the history of the State Department and the work of U.S. diplomats at home and around the world. 🌎📚📝✅ Check out more photos⬇️

On February 18 & 19, 2020, the National Museum of American Diplomacy hosted students from Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland for a tour of the National Museum of American Diplomacy. Students got to meet a U.S. Diplomat and learn about the important work of the U.S. Department of State...

Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s Diplomacy After Hours! We had a screening of “Nine From Little Rock,” a shor...
02/19/2020

Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s Diplomacy After Hours! We had a screening of “Nine From Little Rock,” a short documentary that the U.S. Information Agency commissioned from Guggenheim Productions in 1964 to counter Soviet propaganda about the United States. The film was screened around the world, translated into 17 languages, and even won an Academy Award for best short documentary!

Following the screening, Chris Wilson from the National Museum of American History and Dr. Jane Carpenter-Rock from the National Museum of American Diplomacy lead a conversation on how the civil rights movement affected U.S. foreign policy. Thanks to our friends from Blacks In Government (BIG) and Thursday Luncheon Group for helping make this program possible.

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02/04/2020
Diplomacy Is Our Mission

From America’s founding to the modern day, Diplomacy Is Our Mission explores how diplomacy has helped shape our nation and tells the story of the U.S. Department of State and its efforts to promote security, prosperity, democracy, and development at home and around the world. Now open every Friday between 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Learn more and register to attend ➡️ https://diplomacy.state.gov/ticketing

The National Museum of American Diplomacy currently is open to the public on Fridays from 1pm to 3pm, with 30-minute gui...
02/04/2020

The National Museum of American Diplomacy currently is open to the public on Fridays from 1pm to 3pm, with 30-minute guided tours at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m! Click the link below and register for a free pass. The address is 330 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006. Visitors aged 16 and older must bring a government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. For groups 10 visitors or larger, please email [email protected].

https://diplomacy.state.gov/ticketing/

Forty years ago, on January 28, 1980, six American diplomats, aided by CIA officer Tony Mendez, successfully escaped Ira...
01/27/2020

Forty years ago, on January 28, 1980, six American diplomats, aided by CIA officer Tony Mendez, successfully escaped Iran by posing as a film crew. Their harrowing escape was immortalized in the 2012 Oscar-winning film “Argo.” Pictured, the six diplomats visited the U.S. Department of State shortly after they returned to the United States.

Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State
01/16/2020

Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State

As the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) connects current and emerging leaders from around the world to the United States through short-term exchanges. The program has grown to include over 225,000 alumni and continues to build vital linkages between them and citizens in the U.S.

In honor of IVLP’s 80th anniversary, 80 accomplished IVLP alumni and the impact their experiences brought to the global community will be showcased as #FacesOfExchange!

Learn more → eca.state.gov/facesofexchange

12/24/2019
How a U.S. diplomat helped introduce the poinsettia to the world

Did you know poinsettias are named after a U.S. diplomat?
The first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, botanist, and South Carolina Congressman, Joel Roberts Poinsett, introduced the flower to the U.S. Poinsett visited the countryside of Taxco, Mexico where he became enchanted by the plant's red leaves and later sent it to his South Carolina greenhouse. After his death in 1851, the plant became known as the poinsettia in his honor. Thanks to this diplomat, the Poinsettia is famous around the world.

11/22/2019
Remembering Patricia "Patti" Morton

Last month we were saddened to learn of the passing of Patricia Anne (Patti) Morton on October 16, 2019 at her home in Washington, DC.
Patti was a beloved figure among our museum staff, having shared fascinating stories from her groundbreaking career — including, most notably, becoming the first female Diplomatic Security Special Agent in 1972. Patti was also an early supporter of our museum, donating her badge and special agent ID along with other items in 2004. Today, her legacy lives on in the work of Diplomatic Security Service Special Agents who serve and protect America at home and around the world.

What better way to celebrate International Education Week than with leaders from the International Visitor Leadership Pr...
11/20/2019

What better way to celebrate International Education Week than with leaders from the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)? Proud to host IVLPs from Pakistan for a diplomacy simulation. Learn more about our 9 different diplomacy simulations⬇️ https://diplomacy.state.gov/discover-diplomacy/about
#IEW2019

Happy International Education Week! We're proud to kick off #IEW2019 by hosting Montgomery College students for a diplom...
11/19/2019

Happy International Education Week! We're proud to kick off #IEW2019 by hosting Montgomery College students for a diplomacy simulation program. Our 9 different diplomacy simulation programs let students experience what it is like to be a diplomat and grapple with complex foreign affairs topics like international migration, wildlife trafficking, and nuclear non-proliferation. Learn more https://diplomacy.state.gov/discover-diplomacy/about

Happy Veterans Day! Today an estimated 7,100 military veterans serve our nation in diplomatic capacities at the Departme...
11/12/2019
Veterans in Diplomatic Service: L. Bruce Laingen, 1922-2019

Happy Veterans Day! Today an estimated 7,100 military veterans serve our nation in diplomatic capacities at the Department of State. One notable veteran-turned-diplomat was L. Bruce Laingen who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1950, he joined the Foreign Service and went on to endure one of the most harrowing diplomatic crises of the 20th century. On November 4, 1979, he was the Charge d'Affaires (the acting ambassador) at U.S. Embassy Tehran when Iranian militants seized the embassy and held the American staff hostage. Learn more⬇️

We salute our nation’s veterans! An estimated 7,100 military veterans serve our nation in diplomatic capacities at the Department of State. Throughout our nation’s history, the branches of th…

11/10/2019
The Signature Segment of the Berlin Wall

Today, we mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The National Museum of American Diplomacy is the home of the Signature Segment of the Berlin Wall. This 13-foot high, nearly three ton piece of the wall has been signed by 27 leaders who played a significant role in advancing German reunification. Thanks to VNG and the Atlantic Council for making this exhibit possible.

We're proud to announce that the United States Diplomacy Center is now the National Museum of American Diplomacy! To lea...
11/06/2019

We're proud to announce that the United States Diplomacy Center is now the National Museum of American Diplomacy! To learn how we're telling the story of American diplomacy, visit: https://diplomacy.state.gov/

National Museum of American Diplomacy's cover photo
11/06/2019

National Museum of American Diplomacy's cover photo

National Museum of American Diplomacy
11/06/2019

National Museum of American Diplomacy

10/25/2019
Diplomacy Is Our Mission

We’re proud to launch our preview exhibit, Diplomacy Is Our Mission on November 8, 2019! Created in partnership with Smithsonian Exhibits, our exhibit takes a look at the history & practice of U.S. diplomacy. Tours every Fridays at 10 am and 1 pm. Time passes are now available, visit https://diplomacy.state.gov/ticketing

Are you an event planner? Become part of our team! We're looking for a team member who will help us devise a wide variet...
10/24/2019
Program Manager: Event Planner | The Kenjya-Trusant Group, LLC

Are you an event planner? Become part of our team!
We're looking for a team member who will help us devise a wide variety of events in our museum, including panel discussions, luncheons, galas, or receptions for State Department staff, the general public, international diplomatic staff, donors, and others. This position is a contract through Kenjya-Trusant Group (KTG). Learn more and apply today

Job Description: Kenjya-Trusant is seeking a candidate to fill the role of Program Manager: Event Planner to provide services to support  the United States Diplomacy Center, Office of Policy, Pl

On November 8th, we're launching our preview exhibit Diplomacy Is Our Mission! Visitors will get a glimpse of some of th...
10/16/2019

On November 8th, we're launching our preview exhibit Diplomacy Is Our Mission! Visitors will get a glimpse of some of the stories and artifacts we plan to highlight in our future museum! Scheduled tours every Fridays at 10 am & 1 pm. Register to attend: https://diplomacy.state.gov/ticketing

We're proud to announce the donation of sets and props from CBS Television Studios and Revelations Entertainment's show ...
10/11/2019
‘Madam Secretary’ Sets To Be Donated By CBS & Revelations Entertainment To New D.C. American Diplomacy Museum

We're proud to announce the donation of sets and props from CBS Television Studios and Revelations Entertainment's show Madam Secretary! The donation includes iconic pieces from Secretary Elizabeth McCord's State Department office set, costumes, and other props. Learn more ➡️

EXCLUSIVE: The United States Diplomacy Center at the U.S. Department of State, CBS Television Studios and Revelations Entertainment today announced the donation of sets and prop material from the C…

Our upcoming preview exhibit “Diplomacy Is Our Mission” will allow visitors to get a glimpse of some of the stories and ...
10/07/2019

Our upcoming preview exhibit “Diplomacy Is Our Mission” will allow visitors to get a glimpse of some of the stories and artifacts we plan to highlight in our future museum. Stay tuned for more! #MissionDiplomacy

Coming soon! We're launching our preview exhibit "Diplomacy Is Our Mission," stay tuned for more. #MissionDiplomacy
10/01/2019

Coming soon! We're launching our preview exhibit "Diplomacy Is Our Mission," stay tuned for more. #MissionDiplomacy

09/23/2019
U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Baseball Hall of Famer and Sports Envoy Cal Ripken, Jr. visited the U.S. Diplomacy Center to discuss how #SportsDiplomacy inspires future leaders on the field and brings people together. Find out how you can get involved: https://go.usa.gov/xVV84 #ExchangeOurWorld

Proud to partner with Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State and Sports Diplomacy - U.S. Department of State to ho...
09/18/2019

Proud to partner with Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State and Sports Diplomacy - U.S. Department of State to host legendary Sports Envoy and Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. for a discussion on how #SportsDiplomacy helps bring people together around the world! ⚾️🤝

We're celebrating the 230th birthday of the U.S. Department of State! Before affixed photographs were required in 1914, ...
07/29/2019
A Passport Without A Photo – The United States Diplomacy Center

We're celebrating the 230th birthday of the U.S. Department of State! Before affixed photographs were required in 1914, applicants swore “solemnly and sincerely” to be U.S. citizens and identified themselves by facial features, hair, eye, and complexion color. This is one of the oldest passports in our collection from 1859-belonging to a New York City dry goods importer named Samuel Waller (1824-1864) Learn more ⬇️

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Happy 230th birthday to U.S. Department of State! This August 3, 1789 issue of "The Independent Gazetteer or the Chronic...
07/27/2019
Chronicle of Freedom – The United States Diplomacy Center

Happy 230th birthday to U.S. Department of State! This August 3, 1789 issue of "The Independent Gazetteer or the Chronicle of Freedom" in our collection provides notice & the full original text of the July 27, 1789 act establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs, precursor to the Department of State. #OneTeamOneMission #StateDept230th

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The Iran Hostage crisis ranks as one of the most traumatic diplomatic crises in U.S. history. On November 4, 1979, Irani...
07/26/2019
A diplomatic crisis – The United States Diplomacy Center

The Iran Hostage crisis ranks as one of the most traumatic diplomatic crises in U.S. history. On November 4, 1979, Iranian students seized the embassy and detained more than 50 Americans staff as hostages. The Iranians held the American diplomats hostage for 444 days. Learn more about the important role these glasses in our collection played in helping hostage Kathleen Stafford escape Tehran in 1980. #OneTeamOneMission

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One Giant Leap: #SpaceDiplomacy, Past, Present, and Future is officially underway! Watch the panel live featuring Apollo...
07/18/2019
Elliott School of International Affairs

One Giant Leap: #SpaceDiplomacy, Past, Present, and Future is officially underway! Watch the panel live featuring Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins

No FOMO tonight! While tickets to One Giant Leap: Space Diplomacy Past, Present, Future have sold out, you can still join this historic event in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the #Apollo11 mission! #Apollo50th

Tune in here at 5:00pm tonight to watch the live streaming of the event!

07/04/2019
The Great Seal of the United States: America's Emblem

Happy 4th of July! The Great Seal of the United States is one of America's most recognizable symbols, it's impressed upon official government documents such as treaties and commissions, and is found on documents such as U.S. passports and the reverse of the $1 bill.

We spoke with Laura Johnson, Deputy Director of the Office of Presidential Appointments at the U.S. Department of State to learn a little more about The Great Seal of the United States. #StateDeparment230th #StateDept230

Today we were honored to host former U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman ...
05/30/2019

Today we were honored to host former U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta & filmmakers Dianne Fukami and Debra Nakatomi for a screening and discussion of their film "Norman Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story." Thanks to the Asian American Foreign Affairs Association (AAFAA) and everyone who joined us to celebrate #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth!

U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican)
05/30/2019

U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (Vatican)

Ambassador Callista Gingrich was pleased to join Public Affairs Director Karin Lang at, “From Pirates to Passports,” an exhibition at the U.S. Diplomacy Center commemorating the 40th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Department of State: Consular Affairs.

Proud to host our Founding Ambassadors, whose donations and hard work are helping to make our museum possible, for a lun...
05/08/2019

Proud to host our Founding Ambassadors, whose donations and hard work are helping to make our museum possible, for a luncheon celebrating the dedication of the Founding Ambassadors Concourse at the U.S. Diplomacy Center Pavilion! Learn more about how you can support our museum ➡️ https://diplomacy.state.gov/donate

What better way to celebrate #ForeignServiceDay than a reception honoring the service of America's diplomats? Proud to h...
05/03/2019

What better way to celebrate #ForeignServiceDay than a reception honoring the service of America's diplomats? Proud to host the American Foreign Service Association for their Foreign Service Day reception!

04/19/2019
Celebrating 70 Years of NATO

This month we’re celebrating the 70th anniversary of the signing of the NATO treaty! Our historian Dr. Alison Mann spoke with US National Archives' Dr. Michael Hussey about the history of the NATO during a rare display of the NATO Treaty at the National Archives Building. Later, we spoke with Janice Carter from the U.S. Department of State Office of Treaty Affairs about the NATO Accession Instruments that were recently displayed in our museum.

Last week teamed up with with MapGive to host our first ever mapathon, Mapping for Diplomacy! Participants in the mapath...
04/08/2019

Last week teamed up with with MapGive to host our first ever mapathon, Mapping for Diplomacy! Participants in the mapathon used their laptops to create open-source geographic data that will be used to support humanitarian and development efforts around the world. Thanks to our mappers, panelists, National Geographic, and Mapbox for helping us to make it possible. See more photos here➡️ https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdiplomacycenter/albums/72157679777668148

Happy 82nd birthday to former Secretary of State, General Colin L. Powell! This AK-47 shaped vodka bottle from our colle...
04/05/2019

Happy 82nd birthday to former Secretary of State, General Colin L. Powell! This AK-47 shaped vodka bottle from our collection was given to Secretary Powell on his 65th birthday by Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov.

Last week we were honored to partner with TEDxMidAtlantic to host a panel on Why Diplomacy Matters: Public-Private Partn...
04/02/2019

Last week we were honored to partner with TEDxMidAtlantic to host a panel on Why Diplomacy Matters: Public-Private Partnerships and our National Security, Prosperity, and Global Leadership. Thanks to our panelists Thomas Debass from the Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships, U.S. State Department - OES's Aaron Salzberg, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Christopher D. Roberti! See more photos here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdiplomacycenter/albums/72157677527956157

Last week we celebrated #WomensHistoryMonth with a panel on the past, present, and future of women in STEM. Thanks again...
04/01/2019

Last week we celebrated #WomensHistoryMonth with a panel on the past, present, and future of women in STEM. Thanks again to our sponsor AnitaB.org; our panelists Liza Mundy, Dr. Teresa E. Williams, and Sandra Cauffman; our moderator Dr. Wanida Lewis; and to Assistant Secretary of State Marie Royce for helping us make this incredible event possible! See more photos from the event here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdiplomacycenter/albums/72157707931557824

Yesterday we were honored to host the opening of the American Foreign Service Association’s exhibit celebrating the 100t...
03/21/2019

Yesterday we were honored to host the opening of the American Foreign Service Association’s exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the The Foreign Service Journal. The exhibit looks at how the Foreign Service Journal has been telling the story of American diplomacy and the U.S. Foreign Service for over 100 years.

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