The National Museum of American Diplomacy will be the first museum to give visitors unprecedented access to the untold stories of how diplomacy has been instrumental to our success as a nation, and how it continues to influence our lives today. the museum is a public-private partnership currently raising funds for the completion of the museum.
The National Museum of American Diplomacy tells the story of the history, practice, and challenges of American diplomacy. Through exhibitions and programs, we inspire the American public to discover diplomacy and how it impacts their lives every day.
Discover the often surprising story of how diplomacy has shaped our nation. This exhibit is a preview of the stories and artifacts to be featured in the completed museum. Explore now >>
Online Exhibit Her Diplomacy
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Explore our curated academic resources and stories of diverse diplomats.
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Latest Updates from the National Museum of American Diplomacy
The National Museum of American Diplomacy 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.
Remembering Former Secretary of State, General Colin Luther Powellhttps://i1.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/31476350323_1c3267604b_o.jpg?fit=1024%2C649&ssl=11024649https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell speaks at the National Museum of American Diplomacy, January 2017. Photo courtesy of the National Museum of American Diplomacy. Today we mourn the loss of General Colin Luther Powell. Gen. Powell was more than just America’s Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National Security…
From Mentee to Mentor: Ambassador Arnold Chacon and Leadership in the Foreign Servicehttps://i0.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/img20210927_11331844_crop.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&ssl=11024576https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Ambassador Arnold Chacon has served as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service for 40 years. His dedication to his career as a public servant began early through his years of volunteer service in Latin America as a teenager and young adult. Throughout his time as a diplomat, his mentors taught him valuable lessons and…
Island Diplomacy, from Mayagüez to Micronesia: The Journey of Esperanza of Ambassador Carmen Gloria Cantorhttps://i0.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/EPaVsTxUcAEh24_.jpg?fit=1024%2C732&ssl=11024732https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
The word esperanza in Spanish means “hope” or “expectation.” This word, both in its promise and sense of duty, captures the career of Carmen G. Cantor, the United States Ambassador to Micronesia. Some people might say that hope or esperanza is the belief things will work, especially when it appears otherwise. Ambassador Cantor’s unique upbringing…
Ambassador Mari-Luci Jaramillo: The First Hispanic American Woman Ambassadorhttps://i1.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/download.jpg?fit=1024%2C663&ssl=11024663https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Mari-Luci Jaramillo was a renowned educator who served as Ambassador to Honduras under Carter’s administration from 1977-1980. Jaramillo started her career as a teacher but quickly grew her leadership skills to push education reform and civil rights at a national and international level. Her popularity in various communities led President Jimmy Carter to nominate her…
Diplomacy through Many Storms: Ambassador Lino Gutiérrezhttps://i0.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Gutierrez-and-Joe-Nye-1995-Peru_edit3ed-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C777&ssl=11024777https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
When Lino Gutiérrez joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1977, he found himself to be the only Latino in his class. At that time, Hispanic Americans comprised only four percent of the diplomatic corps. During his 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, Gutiérrez served in the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and Washington, D.C., including…
Preserving the Memories and Mementos of September 11, 2001https://i2.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/AP_01091602439.jpeg?fit=1024%2C683&ssl=11024683https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Above: Sheikh Ali Jaber Al Sabah, Mayor of Jahra City and son of the Amir of Kuwait, lays flowers at the U.S. Embassy in Bayan, Kuwait. (AP Photo/Gustavo Ferrari) Originally published on DipNote On September 11, 2001, the world saw the horrifying terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Many people worldwide rushed to…
Apply to Join Our Diplomacy Simulation Teacher Trainingshttps://i1.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/45375027075_8f60f69b99_o-scaled.jpeg?fit=1024%2C753&ssl=11024753https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
International Migration Crisis: Human Rights and Border Security Diplomacy Simulation at the National Museum of American Diplomacy, December 2018. Are you hoping to internationalize your classroom curriculum, prepare for National History Day’s 2021-2022 theme “Debate and Diplomacy,” or find an interactive activity for your students? The National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) is here to…
The Kellogg-Briand Pact: The Aspiration for Global Peace and Securityhttps://i1.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Kellogg-signing.jpeg?fit=1024%2C793&ssl=11024793https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
August 27, 2021 marks 93 years since the signing of the Kellogg-Briand Pact. The United States and France drafted the treaty, officially known as the General Treaty for Renunciation of War as an Instrument of National Policy, in the decade following the end of World War I. This historic treaty pursued the lofty goal of…
Ping Pong Diplomacy: Artifacts from the Historic 1971 U.S. Table Tennis Trip to Chinahttps://i1.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/sweeris4600_5x7x1_010-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C527&ssl=11024527https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
In April 1971, nine players from the U.S. Table Tennis team took a historic trip to China, becoming the first delegation of Americans to visit the country in decades. Following the 1949 Chinese revolution, there had been no diplomatic ties, limited trade, and few contacts between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.…
The Dedication and Leadership of Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhirhttps://i1.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Kamala_Lakhdir_signed_the_guest_book_of_Minister_of_Home_Affairs_Malaysia-1.jpeg?fit=1024%2C748&ssl=11024748https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
How does a diplomat become a great leader? Who and what has inspired them? The National Museum of American Diplomacy helps answer these questions through an exploration of some of the lives of our nation’s most accomplished diplomatic leaders. Drawing strength and determination from her upbringing, Ambassador Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir now inspires future generations. Lakhdhir…
Introducing the Historical Diplomacy Simulation Programhttps://i1.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Historic-Sim-Post-header.jpeg?fit=1024%2C576&ssl=11024576https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
How can we learn diplomacy through history? In June 2021, the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) launched the Historical Diplomacy Simulation Program. This program provides educators with the opportunity to bring diplomacy and the work of U.S. diplomats into the classroom. Historical diplomacy simulations also offer teachers a way to internationalize their curriculum. These…
Boa Lee: Diplomacy Can Overcome Tragedyhttps://i2.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Boa-lee-header-43.jpeg?fit=1024%2C768&ssl=11024768https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
In 2012, I had just arrived at my first overseas assignment in Sierra Leone when I was asked to deal with a protest outside the U.S. embassy. Relatives of people killed during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war wanted to speak to the U.S. ambassador about the death of their loved ones. Seeking justice and dealing…
A Dedication to Service: Ambassador Donald Yamamotohttps://i2.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Bagram-Feb-2015-5.jpeg?fit=893%2C595&ssl=1893595https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Americans who choose to enter the United States Foreign Service do not take the decision lightly. These professional diplomats spend most of their careers abroad, serving two-to-three years at a post in a foreign nation before moving to another. Representing the United States overseas is a rewarding, demanding, and sometimes dangerous job. Diplomacy requires resilience.…
Dr. Sammy Lee (1920-2016): Olympic Champion and Goodwill Ambassadorhttps://i0.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Sammy_Lee_Banner_4-3.jpg?fit=1024%2C768&ssl=11024768https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Born in California in 1920 to Korean immigrant parents, Dr. Sammy Lee represented and served the United States in many ways. By the 1950s, Lee was an Olympic gold medalist, a U.S. Army physician, and a goodwill ambassador for the State Department. Lee’s worldwide celebrity status and ability to charm fans led the State Department…
Artifact Highlight: Damaged Great Seals from U.S. Diplomatic Missionshttps://i1.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/v1_small_Damaged-Great-Seal-Trio_16x9.jpg?fit=1024%2C576&ssl=11024576https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
These Great Seals were damaged during attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions. They are physical reminders of the dangers that Diplomatic Security Service special agents and personnel face in protecting our missions around the world. Whether it’s civil unrest, terrorist attacks, military conflicts, countering espionage, or any other threats, Diplomatic Security Service personnel lead the way…
The Fall of Saigon (1975): The Bravery of American Diplomats and Refugeeshttps://i0.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Saigon-hubert-van-es.jpeg?fit=378%2C261&ssl=1378261https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
On April 30, 1975, the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese Army, effectively ending the Vietnam War. In the days before, U.S. forces evacuated thousands of Americans and South Vietnamese. American diplomats were on the frontlines, organizing what would be the most ambitious helicopter evacuation in history. The logistics of issuing…
A Year Online: Our 10 Favorite Virtual Events of the Past Yearhttps://i2.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Top-10-Virtual-Programs.jpeg?fit=1024%2C576&ssl=11024576https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
We asked our team to select their ten favorite online programs that we’ve hosted over the past year during the pandemic. From the history of America’s first diplomat to exploring some of the biggest issues that modern diplomats are tackling around the world, you’ll learn more about the crucial role that diplomacy has played in…
The Composure and Leadership of Ambassador Aurelia Brazealhttps://i2.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/AP7405041141-scaled.jpg?fit=1024%2C667&ssl=11024667https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Serving 41 years in the United States Foreign Service, Ambassador Aurelia Erskine Brazeal was the first African American woman to be appointed ambassador by three presidential administrations. She was also the first Black woman to rise from entry in the Foreign Service to its senior ranks. Throughout her illustrious career, Brazeal utilized early life lessons…
Credentials of the First Chief Special Agent of the State Department, Joseph M. Nyehttps://i1.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Nye_Credentials.jpeg?fit=811%2C1024&ssl=18111024https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
Each month, the National Museum of American Diplomacy highlights special artifacts from the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. This month, we are showcasing an old and special artifact in our collection: the credentials of the first-ever Chief Special Agent of the State Department, Joseph M. “Bill” Nye.
The Diplomatic Legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Posthttps://i2.wp.com/diplomacy.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/AP370330026-scaled.jpeg?fit=1024%2C827&ssl=11024827https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/77d297fd34b4f1cb20d77ddb5ccfdcde?s=96&d=mm&r=g
In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of American Diplomacy celebrates the diplomatic legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post, philanthropist, businesswoman, and collector.
An Ongoing Mission
As the museum now turns its attention to Phase II of construction and exhibit design and fabrication, we are continuing our capital campaign to raise an additional $40 million in funding toward this important project. If you are interested in supporting this project, please contact [email protected] or donate online with the Diplomacy Center Foundation.