The Diplomatic Reception Rooms are among the most beautiful rooms in the world. For fifty years, the art of diplomacy has
thrived in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms against a stunning backdrop of American art and architecture from the time of our country’s founding and
of its formative years. This historically evocative suite (42 rooms) contains a museum-caliber collection of American fine and decorative
art (5,000 objects) from the period of 1750-1825.
Today, the Secretary of State, Vice President, and Members of Cabinet continue to conduct the essential
business of diplomacy in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms. In these State Rooms, the United States signs treaties, conducts summit
negotiations, hosts swearing-in ceremonies, facilitates trade agreements, and promotes