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.

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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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United States Diplomacy Center hosts TEDx participants for all-day experience on “Why Diplomacy Matters”
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The United States Diplomacy Center partnered with TEDx MidAtlantic Adventures on March 29th to host participants for a day-long engaging, thoughtful, and immersive experiences to highlight the theme of Why Diplomacy Matters: Public Private Partnerships and our National Security, Prosperity, and Global Leadership. Building on the theme of resiliency and empowering our civic systems to…

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100 Years of American Diplomacy
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The Diplomacy Center and the American Foreign Service Association celebrated 100 years of the Foreign Service Journal with the exhibit “Defining Diplomacy for 100 years: The Foreign Service Journal” on view in the Diplomacy Center Pavilion until May 10, 2019. The exhibit offered a unique look into diplomatic history through the eyes of the practitioners…

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Mapping for Diplomacy
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The United States Diplomacy Center partnered with MapGive to host a mapathon on April 5, 2019 in the Diplomacy Center pavilion. The purpose of a mapathon is to create necessary digital map data for humanitarian and development causes, including combating HIV/AIDS, humanitarian assistance, and public diplomacy. Mapathons are unique events that facilitate volunteer participation in a global…

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African American Trailblazers in Diplomacy
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On February 28, the United States Diplomacy Center, hosted a panel discussion about five trailblazing African American diplomats: Ebenezer Bassett, Ralph Bunche, Edward Dudley, Patricia Roberts Harris, and Mabel Murphy Smythe.  Hosted in conjunction with the Thursday Luncheon Group, the Carl T. Rowen Chapter of Blacks in Government, Appalachian State University, and Mr. James T.…

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Students Inspired to Become Diplomats
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Over the past year, the Diplomacy Center has expanded its Diplomacy Simulation Program to the middle school level, piloting programs in the Washington, D.C. area. Students in grades six through eight have proved more than up to the challenge of learning about diplomacy! Middle schoolers in history and global studies classes from Stuart-Hobson Middle School,…

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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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