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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.
Established 2000; 18 years ago (2000)

Harry S Truman Building

Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°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
Director Mary Kane
Public transit access WMATA Metro Logo.svg                Foggy Bottom
Website diplomacy.state.gov

The United States Diplomacy Center (USDC) is a future museum and education center at the U.S. Department of State, dedicated to showcasing the history, practices, and challenges of U.S. diplomacy.[1][2] The museum will be located at the 21st Street entrance of the Harry S Truman building in Washington, D.C., where the Department of State is headquartered. The State Department's Bureau of Public Affairs is in charge of the museum’s development, exhibits, artifact collection, education programs, and outreach.


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]


The Diplomacy Center will have a 15,000 sq. ft. exterior Pavilion, along with two 10,000 sq. ft. areas in the northeast wing of the Harry S Truman building.[12] Hall 1, the main exhibit hall of the Center, is scheduled to open in late 2018.[13][14]


  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. 
  12. ^ "Final Environmental Assessment: United States Diplomacy Center" (PDF). National Capital Planning Commission. August 29, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ "United States Diplomacy Center" (PDF). United States Diplomacy Center. August 24, 2014. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Diplomacy Everywhere: Microsoft donates cutting-edge technology to bring diplomacy to life for visitors of the U.S. Diplomacy Center". Microsoft Corporation. February 25, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2015. 

External links

  • Official Website of the Diplomacy Center
  • Diplomacy Center Foundation
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