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.
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Lasting Impact in Diplomacy Education with Teacher Institute
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July 15-19, 2019, the Diplomacy Center partnered with the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms to conduct its first annual Teacher Institute for 25 middle and high school teachers. From the almost 100 teachers who applied, 25 public school teachers from Arkansas, Montgomery County, M.D., Fairfax County, V.A. and the District of Columbia were selected to…

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Space Diplomacy: Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin visit the Diplomacy Center
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On July 18, 2019, the Diplomacy Center co-hosted a panel on “Space Diplomacy” with Apollo 11 astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin. The event focused on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and subsequent diplomatic efforts by the American astronauts The event featured Major General Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, two members…

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From 1789 to today: 230 years of State Department history
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In celebration of the 230th anniversary of the State Department, the Diplomacy Center unveiled an exhibit showcasing the history of the Department, from its beginnings as the first cabinet agency, established on July 27, 1789, to now. This milestone presents a unique opportunity to highlight the Department’s storied history and heritage and the important role…

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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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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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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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