Exhibits Sneak Preview

Read never-before released stories of American diplomacy

Guest Exhibits in the Diplomacy Center Pavilion

The United States Diplomacy Center museum’s permanent installation is currently under development. In the interim, the museum has partnered with other museums, non-profits, and other federal offices to feature exhibits that dive into unique stories of American diplomacy and its impact. Recently, the Diplomacy Center museum partnered with the American Foreign Service Association to celebrate 100 years of the Foreign Service Journal with an exhibit showcasing a century of diplomatic history through the journal publications. All publications were fully digitized and released in 2017.

These exhibits are on display in the United States Diplomacy Center award-winning pavilion, completed in 2016. Architect Hany Hassan of Beyer Blinder Belle designed the 20,000 square-foot glass and steel pavilion to evoke a transparent and contemporary introduction to diplomacy.

Last year, the United States Diplomacy Center hosted a range of guest exhibits including Faces of Diplomacy featuring the Diplomacy Center’s original portraits and videos of diplomatic professionals, a photo exhibit on Afghanistan Cultural Preservation and Jazz Diplomacy, an exhibit from Meridian which drew from collections around the United States showcasing jazz’s ability to bridge cultural and political differences.

See below for the complete list of our exhibits and programs.

Two visitors observe an exhibit on Nuclear Arms

Exhibit Testing

The United States Diplomacy Center tested content and visitor knowledge on American diplomacy with almost 500 visitors on its second annual testing with the National Museum of American History. Museum visitors viewed four historical and current stories of American diplomacy and were invited to participate in a word association exercise.

Read about the results.
Associate Curator and Lavender Scare speaker sit on stage
Diplomacy Center and glifaa Honor Pride Month with “The Lavender Scare” Screening
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In honor of Pride Month in June, the Diplomacy Center partnered with glifaa (LGBT+ pride in foreign affairs agencies) to host a screening of the recently released documentary “The Lavender Scare” followed by a panel discussion and reception. The film highlights the mass firings of gay and lesbian federal workers who were considered to be…

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Director Mary Kane addresses a seated crowd
United States Diplomacy Center Launches “Diplomacy After Hours” Happy Hour
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The Diplomacy Center has launched “Diplomacy After Hours,” a series of diplomacy-themed happy hours in the pavilion that will feature exciting stories of American diplomacy and highlight the future museum.  The first program featured Jimmy Story, Chargé d’ Affaires, a.i. at U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, who has been a generous donor of artifacts to…

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U.S. Secretary of State gives remarks at the United States Diplomacy Center guest exhibit on Consular Affairs.
“From Pirates to Passports: A Timeless Commitment to Service” Exhibition Opens at the United States Diplomacy Center
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From May 2019 – July 2019, the United States Diplomacy Center is hosting the Bureau of Consular Affairs exhibit, “From Pirates to Passports: A Timeless Commitment to Service.” On May 28th, Secretary Mike Pompeo spoke in the Diplomacy Center at the opening of an exhibit by the Bureau of Consular Affairs. He highlighted that the…

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Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Former Secretary of Commerce and Transportation Norman Mineta
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On May 30, the United States Diplomacy Center partnered with the Embassy of Japan, the Secretary’s Office on Civil Rights, the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, and the Asian American Foreign Affairs Association to host the State Department’s culminating event for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The event featured the newly released documentary…

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Diplomacy Center Foundation Founding Ambassadors Concourse Dedication
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On May 8, 2019, the Diplomacy Center Foundation, the private sector fundraising partner for the United States Diplomacy Center museum, hosted a celebratory luncheon to dedicate the Founding Ambassadors Concourse. The luncheon was held at the 21,000 square foot glass entrance pavilion of the Diplomacy Center at the United States (U.S.) Department of State. This…

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Exhibit Spotlight

The Great Seal

Only one authorized Great Seal is in official use and is operated by the U.S. Department of State at the United States Diplomacy Center. The Great Seal is impressed upon 3,000 seals to official documents yearly.

Exhibit Spotlight

The Signature Segment

Once the Berlin Wall was the iconic symbol of the Cold War. Now, with its signatures of world leaders who played a significant role in bringing down the wall and advancing German reunification, this segment now stands as a symbol of diplomacy and strong transatlantic relations.

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