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 peace.