Planning Your Visit

We’re so pleased you are planning a visit to the National Museum of American Diplomacy, the nation’s first museum to tell the story of American diplomacy. 

Hours

The museum is open on Fridays for scheduled tours at 10am and 1pm.  Admission is free and timed passes are required for entry. The schedule is subject to change, so please check our website for the latest information.

School and University Groups:

NMAD offers the following opportunities for school and university student groups.  For more information, please contact us at NMAD@state.gov.

  • Tours of the Diplomacy Is Our Mission and Berlin Wall exhibits
  • Facilitated Diplomacy Simulation Program
  • Meet a Diplomat

Public Programs:

NMAD also hosts public programs such as panel discussions, film screenings, and a monthly happy hour. Please sign up for our events list to receive invitations. 

Getting Here:

The address of the National Museum of American Diplomacy is 330 21st Street, NW; Washington, D.C. 20006. Nearby parking is very limited. Visitors should consider taxis or public transportation. Please visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s WMATA Trip Planner to explore public transportation options to NMAD.  

Accessibility:

NMAD welcomes all visitors to explore American diplomacy and learn about the impact it has on everyday life. In the museum, please direct questions about accessibility to staff at the Information Desk.

Visitors with mobility disabilities: All levels of the museum are accessible by elevator, including exhibition spaces and all public facilities. All restrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible. Companion care restrooms are available on the lower floor. A limited number of wheelchairs are available free of charge for use while visiting the museum. Visitors must request these when filling out information for the timed passes. Benches are located throughout the museums. The Museum store and cafeteria are accessible. 

Service dogs are welcome. The NMAD follows the U.S. Department of Justice’s ADA requirements for service dogs. The dog must be trained to provide assistance to a person with a disability. Visitors are not allowed to bring emotional support animals into the NMAD.  If you have any other questions or needs, please contact us directly at NMAD@state.gov.

How long should I plan for my visit to the museum?

Entry to the museum is on Fridays at 10am and 1pm via timed passes. Your visit may last approximately 1-2 hours. 

I will be coming straight from the airport.  Are there lockers or some way to store my bag while I visit the museum?

We do not recommend bringing large bags, as they will have to go through security.   

Is internet access available for visitors in the museum?

Free wi-fi is available in the building, please look for the “SWAP-NOMAP” network. 

Someone from my family has donated an object to the museum. Is it available for viewing?

The best way to find out if a particular object is available for viewing is to us directly at NMAD@state.gov.

May I take pictures in the museum?

Video cameras and flash photography are permitted in the museum. 

You are invited to share photos and memories of your museum visit on social media. 

  • Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @NMADMuseum 

Public use of tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks are not permitted. News photographers and videographers need to make arrangements with the Public Affairs Office by emailing NMAD@state.gov.

Are backpacks, water bottles, and snack items allowed in the museum?

We do allow backpacks in our museum. Visitors are permitted to bring in food and beverages in resealable containers inside a backpack or other bag. Food may not be consumed anywhere in the museum.