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Department of State

2201 C St NW, Washington DC, DC 20522-0099
+1 202-647-3241
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2201 C St NW, Washington DC, DC 20522-0099
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+1 202-647-3241
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Reviewed 24 February 2016

We saw that our Member of Congress would arrange a tour of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms for us, and decided to follow our curiosity. The building is an unpretentious example of 1960s government-funded architecture; however, hidden on the eight floor are the decoratively ornate rooms...More

Thank Liisa W
Reviewed 30 December 2015

This is one of the least known places to visit and see amazing stuff in Washington DC. You can get a tour reserved by visiting the Department of State website and it is well worth the effort to arrange a tour. The Diplomatic reception rooms...More

Thank barbara r
Reviewed 11 July 2015

These are a few rooms located at the Dept. of Sate building that are used to receive foreign diplomats. If you have time it is worth a visit but the security check to get in takes about as long as the tour. The rooms are...More

2  Thank robert4704
Reviewed 3 June 2015

A fantastic look into the diplomatic reception rooms of the State House. If you have any interest in antique furniture, paintings, American History, or diplomacy you will enjoy this tour. All of the artifacts were donated but they came together to produce a fabulous portrait...More

5  Thank sullivus
Reviewed 22 November 2014

We have lived here forever and never knew State had tours of the diplomatic reception rooms. Terrific docent, amazing antiques, paintings, architecture.

5  Thank eer1
Reviewed 22 October 2014

very difficult to book from abroad, but worth the effort , really interesting with an amazing guide . a lovely collection of historical pieces and americana art

4  Thank nicolas s
Reviewed 19 August 2014

The rooms are elegant. History happens here. Furniture, decor, ambiance is all what you would expect. It's a good place to visit, if you have an appreciation for diplomacy, you will enjoy it. That being said, DC has a lot of competition. If you're not...More

4  Thank Joan K
Reviewed 11 March 2014

Ever wonder how high officials from other countries are hosted? Sure, the White House might be nice but these formal rooms in the State Department that showcase american furniture are truly wonderful. Small guided tours. State department staff coming and going. We saw a reception...More

3  Thank rockySeattleArea
Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

Every November, they have a amazing conference here with a lot of tribal leaders and Code Talkers. I loved the experience and to meet the people whom work in this building.

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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Not a whole lot to say about this building; it was fairly plain and away from the downtown area where the white house and other departments are. The building is plain yet efficient, the way government should be!

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Can I bring in a purse?
4 May 2015|
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Response from eer1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it will be checked and X-rayed, but you can have it with you. You will be accompanied at all times by the docent and guards.