The United States Diplomacy Center is the first museum in the nation dedicated to telling the stories of American diplomacy.[1][2] Its mission is to inspire discovery of how American diplomacy shapes the United States's prosperity and security.

United States Diplomacy Center
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United States Diplomacy Center is located in Central Washington, D.C.
United States Diplomacy Center
Location within Washington, D.C.
Established2000; 19 years ago (2000)
LocationHarry S Truman Building Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°53′40″N 77°02′54″W / 38.8944°N 77.0484°W / 38.8944; -77.0484Coordinates: 38°53′40″N 77°02′54″W / 38.8944°N 77.0484°W / 38.8944; -77.0484
DirectorMary Kane
Public transit accessWMATA Metro Logo.svg                Foggy Bottom
United States Diplomacy Center

The museum is located at the 21st Street entrance of the Harry S Truman building in Washington, D.C. where the U.S. Department of State is headquartered. The United States Diplomacy Center falls under the Bureau of Public Affairs.

On April 2 of 2018 Mary D. Kane became the Center's new Director. Ms Kane adds both private and public sector experience to the Center, having served as President of Sister Cities International, Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Secretary of State for Maryland.


Six Secretaries of State (Left to right: Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, then-current Secretary John Kerry, James Baker, and Colin Powell), at the Diplomacy Center's groundbreaking ceremony in September 2014

In 2000, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Ambassador Stephen Low, and Senator Charles Mathias formed the Diplomacy Center Foundation to support the Department of State in creating the Diplomacy Center.[3][4][5]

The National Capital Planning Commission approved the design in 2011.[6] Construction of the museum officially began in late 2014.[7][8] Secretary of State John Kerry as well as five former Secretaries of State (Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton) attended the groundbreaking ceremony on September 3, 2014.[7][9][10][11]


Architect Hany Hassan of Beyer Blinder Belle designed the Center's award- winning 20,000 square-foot pavilion which extends out for visitors entering on 21st Street. The design intends to compliment the original 1941 wing of the Harry S Truman Building, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of State.

The opening hall will feature interactive exhibits to explore American diplomacy today and provide an orientation for the public about U.S. diplomats, what they do, where they are posted around the world, U.S. global bilateral and multilateral relationships, and how this all relates to the everyday lives of citizens. In 2019, a preview exhibit designed in collaboration with Smithsonian Exhibits will open to the public.

Education OutreachEdit

The United States Diplomacy Center aims to engage students and educators through the Center's education programs and curricula. At the core of the center's education outreach is the diplomacy simulation program, an immersive exercise in which participants engage on a critical global issue. Working in small teams, participants step into the world of diplomacy by representing the interests of a specific stakeholder group (e.g., foreign ministries, the U.S. Department of State, NGOs, international organizations). Under set time constraints, the groups are challenged to negotiate a solution to an international crisis. Using the information provided in the simulation materials, they develop, defend and modify their group's policy positions in real time.

The Center also trains educators to run simulations using free, online materials found on the Center's website. Materials include a teacher's guide with links to instructional videos and scenarios with background information and short video links featuring topic experts. Educators in turn can teach thousands of students about the art and challenges of diplomacy.

Planned InstallationsEdit

In collaboration with Smithsonian Institution Exhibits (SIE), a preview exhibit are scheduled for installation in late fall 2019. The preview exhibits will offer visitors an advanced look at the center's permanent exhibitions.


The United States Diplomacy Center inspires learning through its public programs and events to commemorate important moments and milestones in American diplomacy, including panel discussions, film screenings, and ceremonies. The public programs feature Foreign and Civil Service Officers, foreign policy experts, historians and citizen diplomats and take place in our Pavilion's lower level. The United States Diplomacy Center hosts panel discussions on diplomacy for the general public and hosts events in partnership with other Bureaus at the State Department, outside U.S. government agencies, organizations, and embassies. The United States Diplomacy Center also hosts outside events, such as exhibit testing [12] and a diplomacy-centered hackathon[13].


  1. ^ "FAQ's about the U.S. Diplomacy Center". United States Diplomacy Center. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "1 FAM 320 Bureau of Public Affairs (PA)". Foreign Affairs Manual. August 17, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "About the Diplomacy Center Foundation - DCF". Diplomacy Center Foundation. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Coming Attraction" (PDF). Una Chapman Cox Foundation. May 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Inspection of the Bureau of Public Affairs" (PDF). Inspector General of the Department of State. February 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "GSA awards $25 million contract for U.S. Diplomacy Center - Washington Business Journal". Washington Business Journal. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Six Secretaries of State Celebrate Groundbreaking of U.S. Diplomacy Center". U.S. Department of State. September 3, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the U.S. Diplomacy Center (USDC)". U.S. Department of State. September 2, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Digging diplomacy: Kerry, 5 predecessors at museum groundbreaking". CBS News. September 3, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  10. ^ "Kerry Welcomes Predecessors at New U.S. Diplomacy Center". NBC News. September 3, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  11. ^ "U.S. Diplomacy Center Groundbreaking Ceremony". C-SPAN. September 3, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
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