The United States Diplomacy Center
The Nation's First Museum of American Diplomacy

A museum for the untold stories shaping our lives and changing our world

The United States Diplomacy Center museum will be the nation’s first museum dedicated to telling the story of American diplomacy. It will focus on diplomacy’s role in the peaceful promotion of our national security, prosperity, and global leadership. Visitors can explore what diplomacy is, who does it, and how it has impacted American lives throughout history.

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Upcoming Events

Experience firsthand stories from topic experts, historians, diplomats on the ground, and global influencers, or practice American diplomacy yourself through our participatory programs, held in our historic pavilion.

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Our Collection

Nowhere else does a museum collection exist that is solely dedicated to our nation’s diplomatic history. Explore how diplomacy has played a vital role in our nation’s history, from its founding to today.

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Education

Introduce students to the world of American diplomacy exploring how, where, and why diplomacy is conducted, understanding its history, and practicing the skills of diplomats through simulations.

Dive Deeper into the World of American Diplomacy

Diplomacy 101

Get an introduction to what U.S. diplomacy is and who conducts it.

Diplomacy Explorer

Learn how the United States operates around the world by exploring our embassies and topics abroad.

Educational Resources

Facilitate understanding and critical thinking of these complex topics with prompts, lesson plans, and a diplomacy dictionary.

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What’s happening at the United States Diplomacy Center?

The United States Diplomacy Center museum’s permanent installation is currently under development. In the interim, the museum hosts programs with first-hand accounts of American diplomacy, features unique exhibits in partnerships with other museums, non-profits, and Department of State offices, and develops video and educational content of the amazing stories happening today.

This month's video spotlight

A chat with the first female Diplomatic Security Special Agent

Patricia “Patti” Morton became the first female Diplomatic Security (DS) Special Agent in 1972. She has donated items from her time of service to the United States Diplomacy Center and speaks about her experience to our Director Mary Kane.

Recent Programs

The United States Diplomacy Center offers first-hand stories of American diplomacy. See our most recent programs featuring diplomats, foreign policy experts, historians and other people from the ground in our Pavilion’s lower level.

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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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Stories from the Collection

Artifacts are powerful storytelling tools which will shed light on the work and history of our nation’s diplomats that may otherwise go unnoticed by the general public. At over 8,000 items, the collection reflects a wide range of people, places, and issues that make up our nation’s rich diplomatic history. Here is a spotlight on a few of the stories the items in our collection tell.

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Fake eyeglassesIssued to Kathleen Stafford as part of her disguise to escape Tehran 1980 The Iran Hostage crisis ranks as one of the most traumatic diplomatic crises in U.S. history. In the wake of a successful revolution by Islamic fundamentalists against the pro-American Shah of Iran, the United States became an object of virulent criticism…

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Edward Dudley Jr. and Diplomacy Center Associate Curator Katie Speckat discuss items in his father’s diplomatic collection.
Archival Collection of the First African American Ambassador Comes to the Diplomacy Center
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We think we opened the door and stopped this kind of discrimination. Ambassador Edward R. Dudley In 1949, Edward R. Dudley became the first African American to hold the rank of ambassador. Ambassador Dudley’s son, Edward Jr., has donated his father’s extensive archival collection from his time serving as the head of the U.S. mission…

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A Legacy of Service
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As a young girl, Sylvia Blake set sail with her parents and brothers in 1930 to Guatemala when her father, Sheldon Whitehouse, was assigned there as the U.S. Envoy. Sheldon Whitehouse served as a Foreign Service Officer for nearly 30 years around the world, including London, Caracas, Paris, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Guatemala, and Colombia. He…

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