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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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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Ambassador Horace Dawson speaks to attendee, a retired Foreign Service Officer.
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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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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A Symbol and an Inspiration
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This flag graced the office of Colonel Ron Roughead, Chief of the U.S. Liaison Office in Kenya, at U.S. Embassy Nairobi. On August 7, 1998, in coordinated attacks by al Qaeda terrorists, U.S. Embassies Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, were devastated by car bombs. Embassy Nairobi and the surrounding neighborhood suffered extensive damage and…

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“I would rather sacrifice my life…”
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Letter from Ambassador Adolph Dubs to his daughter Lindsay March 3, 1973. This letter was donated to the Diplomacy Center collection from Lindsay in 2018. Adolph “Spike” Dubs was a career Foreign Service Officer and noted Soviet expert. In 1973-74 he served as charge d’affaires at Embassy Moscow, and in 1978, he was appointed U.S.…

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In Memoriam: George Herbert Walker Bush (1924-2018): Veteran, Statesman, Diplomat
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On November 30, 2018 former President George Herbert Walker Bush died at age 94. A distinguished Navy pilot in World War II, former President Bush lived an accomplished life, serving his nation in various capacities, including: President, Vice President, Director of the Central Investigative Agency, Member of both the House and Senate, and as a…

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