Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

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Exhibits On View

Our changing exhibits can be viewed by public program attendees and educational groups.
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jorge otero pailos sculpture

June 2024 through September 2024

Treaties on De-Fences

This summer, NMAD has partnered with the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies to host a special exhibit by American-Spanish artist Jorge Otero-Pailos. On display are sculptures made from fragments of security fencing from the former U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway and a book containing limited edition prints inspired by the diplomatic treaties signed between the United States and Norway. This temporary exhibition aims to raise awareness and advocate for the preservation of modernist architecture in U.S. embassies.

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chinese flash cards

May 2024 through October 2024

Commemorating 100 Years of the Foreign Service: The 1924 Rogers Act

In our latest “Spotlight on Diplomacy” exhibit rotation, this temporary exhibit celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the 1924 Rogers Act, which created the modern-day merit-based U.S. Foreign Service. A complete online version of this exhibit is available on our website.

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Berlin wall exhibit and signature segment

Permanent Exhibit

The “Signature Segment” of the Berlin Wall

NMAD is home to the “Signature Segment” of the Berlin Wall: a 13-foot high piece of the wall signed by 27 leaders and peacemakers. This segment, along with an accompanying exhibit on the Berlin Wall, can be viewed downstairs in the Founding Ambassadors’ Concourse.

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aerial view of diplomacy is our mission

Through October 2024

Diplomacy Is Our Mission

What is diplomacy? In this exhibit, we describe the work of U.S. diplomats as the “four pillars” of diplomacy: security, prosperity, democracy, and development. Explore unique stories and objects that reflect the impact of diplomacy on the United States. A complete online version of this exhibit is available on our website.

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  • Dayton Accords: Diplomacy Ends a War

    By 1995, the Bosnian War had already claimed 200,000 lives and displaced 2 million others. On November 1, 1995, American diplomats brought the presidents of Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia to the negotiating table in Dayton, Ohio to end the war. The agreement that came out of these discussions would be known as the Dayton Accords.

  • Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection

    Throughout her tenure as Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright used the power of jewelry to convey messages about foreign policy. In this online exhibit, you can explore the pins she wore and how she used them to communicate diplomatic messages.

  • Diplomacy Is Our Mission

    Discover how our nation’s diplomats protect the American people and advance security, prosperity, democracy, and development to benefit our country. This online version of our preview exhibit tells the often surprising story of how diplomacy has shaped our nation. 

  • Faces of Diplomacy

    These are the members of the Foreign Service and Civil Service, as well as locally engaged staff and many others who manage our diplomatic relations and advance our nation’s interests around the world. In this online exhibit, explore the many faces of diplomacy.

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Discover Diplomacy

Introduce yourself to the principles, people, places, and issues that are crucial to the work of diplomacy.

The History of American Diplomacy

Explore over 200 years of diplomatic history through engaging objects and stories.

The Practice of Diplomacy

Experience first-hand what it takes to become a diplomat and practice diplomacy.

The Impact of Diplomacy

Participate in events, educational programs, and more in the Founding Ambassadors Concourse.

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Stories of Diplomacy

What is it like to be in the Foreign Service? Who are the people behind the work of diplomacy? Explore the stories of diplomats, influential civilians, key diplomatic moments, treaties, and more.