Hall 1 Discover Diplomacy National Museum of American Diplomacy

Discover Diplomacy

Located on the upper level of the 21st Street pavilion, the Discover Diplomacy hall serves as a welcome and orientation space for the museum, providing an overview of the principles of diplomacy and an introduction to the people, places, and issues that are crucial to the work of diplomacy today.

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Hall 2 History of American Diplomacy

The History of American Diplomacy

In The History of American Diplomacy hall, visitors will see that diplomacy has been integral to the security, prosperity, development, and democratic institutions of the United States and its people since its founding. As they explore over 200 years of diplomatic history, visitors will explore our unique collection of items related to diplomacy and learn more about the work and contributions of our nation’s diplomats.

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Hall 3 National Museum of American Diplomacy

The Practice of Diplomacy

In The Practice of Diplomacy hall, visitors are challenged through decision-based games, media, and exhibits to try out their own diplomatic skills. Exhibits examine the practice of diplomacy, from the symbolic exchange of diplomatic gifts to the role of the State Department in monitoring events worldwide. Visitors will find out how to become a diplomat and how everyday Americans can act as citizen diplomats and engage on global issues.

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Rendering of the impact of diplomacy hall in the founding ambassadors' concourse

The Impact of Diplomacy hall

The Impact of Diplomacy hall in the Founding Ambassadors Concourse is the center of NMAD’s educational and public programming. Here, visitors may join a live program on diplomatic topics, visit a fragment of the Berlin Wall, interact with digital exhibits, or perhaps join a diplomatic simulation. In 2025, this multi-purpose space will feature state-of-the-art virtual and hybrid meeting facilities and a new temporary exhibition space.

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