NMAD's artifact collection is unique to the nation. Nowhere else does a museum collection exist that is solely dedicated to our nation's diplomatic history. Artifacts are powerful storytelling tools which will shed light on the work and history of our nation's diplomats that may otherwise go unnoticed by the general public. At over 8,500 items, the collection reflects a wide range of people, places, and issues that make up our nation's rich diplomatic history. Collecting efforts are ongoing as we build a world-class collection.