For the Public

We are currently unable to welcome drop-in guests. At this time, we are only giving tours to educational groups.

If you are an educational group, please submit a request by completing this form.

Before you fill out a visit request, please note the following:

  • Groups must be 12-40 people total
  • Requests must be made at least 4 weeks in advance
  • Visits must be on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday
  • Visits must start at 9:30 am or 12:30 pm

Other things to note before your visit:

  • Admission is free!
  • You will need to submit a list of all first and last names of your group at least 72 hours in advance for security processing.

For State Department Employees

State Department employees can access the museum without an appointment through the 21st Street entrance of the Harry S Truman building. The space is open during standard business hours, Monday through Friday. Employees can view three exhibits on display: the Diplomacy Is Our Mission preview exhibit, the Berlin Wall Signature Segment exhibit, and the rotating Spotlight on Diplomacy.

To request a guided tour from a member of our staff, please email

Outdoor view of the pavilion
An outdoor view of the 21st Street Pavilion, which serves as the entrance to the National Museum of American Diplomacy. Courtesy of the National Museum of American Diplomacy.

Visiting the Space


The National Museum of American Diplomacy is located at the 21st Street Entrance of the Harry S Truman building at 330 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20006. Note: If you are not a State Department employee, you must have an appointment to visit the space.

Arrival Instructions

NMAD is located at 330 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20006, in the Harry S Truman Building. Visitors must enter at the 21st Street entrance to the U.S. Department of State (the glass building on 21st Street between D Street and C Street, NW).

Please arrive on time to allow for ample time for check-in and security processing.

All visitors must provide a government-issued photo ID, such as a U.S. driver’s license or a passport. Individuals under the age of 16 are not required to present a photo ID.

Visitors are required to walk through metal detectors and to put any bags through a separate metal detector conveyor belt. Bags and laptops are allowed in the space, but will slow down the check in process. To expedite security checks, please avoid bringing any large backpacks or bags when possible.

A NMAD staff member will meet you at the security screening area on 21st Street NW. If you are delayed or arriving early, please email


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. Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with @NMADmuseum.

Fall of the Berlin Wall


Visit Us Virtually

Can’t visit the museum in person? We invite you to explore our online exhibits. From Madeleine Albright’s pin collection, to an interactive timeline of the Berlin Wall, there’s a world of diplomacy to discover.

Explore Online Exhibits