Located just two blocks from the National Mall, the new U.S. Diplomacy Center—the nation’s first museum and education center devoted exclusively to exploring the history, practice, and challenges of U.S. Diplomacy—is set to open.
One feature of the new destination focused on the State Department's history is a state-of-the-art glass pavilion, topped by a glass ceiling, named the Hillary Rodham Clinton Pavilion. Washington Post reports that Clinton is expected to speak at an opening reception and ceremony at the museum on Tuesday, along with former secretaries Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.
Other exhibition halls are named for James A. Baker, Henry Kissinger, and current Secretary of State John F. Kerry. Not every exhibition space will be opened this month as some $20 million more in funding needs to be raised for the public-private project.
Inside will be about 6,000 artifacts telling the story of American diplomacy - from a Hong bowl to show US-China trade relations dating back the 18th century to a 14-foot slice of the Berlin Wall.
According to its website, the USDC’s goal is to demonstrate the ways in which diplomacy matters now and has mattered throughout American history. Diplomacy and the work of our diplomats in over 250 embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic missions are vital to our nation’s power, image, and ability to advance its interests around the globe.