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

NMAD Unveils Latest Designs of New Permanent Exhibitions

The National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) has reached 100% design for multiple exhibitions, which are anticipated to open to the public in the summer of 2025.

The Discover Diplomacy hall in the Hillary Rodham Clinton pavilion and The Impact of Diplomacy hall in the renovated Founding Ambassadors Concourse will be housed in NMAD’s 20,000-square-foot glass pavilion, located at the 21st Street entrance of the Harry S Truman Building—the home of the U.S. Department of State.

The upper level of the pavilion will feature the Discover Diplomacy hall. This welcome and orientation space for the museum will provide 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.

The lower level will be the renovated Founding Ambassadors Concourse. This floor will feature a new home for temporary exhibitions and a renovated public programming space. The first exhibit rotation will be Gifts of State, which will display a selection of official diplomatic gifts.

The halls were designed by C&G Partners, a creative studio specializing in cultural organizations and museums, working in creative partnership with the museum architects Beyer Blender Belle (BBB).

The installation of these exhibitions is part of NMAD’s phased approach to opening and signifies the completion of Phase 2. NMAD completed Phase 1 of construction in 2017, with the opening of the pavilion.

Phase 3 will be the opening of The History of American Diplomacy hall and The Practice of Diplomacy hall. This will involve renovating an additional 20,000 square feet of offices within the Truman Building with state-of-the-art technology to house exhibitions including selected items from our collection of over 11,000 items.

The final phase is Phase 4, during which NMAD will renovate the historic 21st Street lobby mezzanine space to house the Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection exhibition. The exhibit is on loan to the National Museum of American Diplomacy and will be donated to the museum upon the completion of the gallery space. The space will also feature items from the Madam Secretary TV series (2014-2019).

Take a look at the exhibitions to come and follow us on social media for the latest opening dates.