The Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the Department of State, which are used for official functions hosted by the Secretary of State and other high level government officials, are open for pre-arranged tours at no charge. These rooms hold a premier collection of 18th century American furniture, paintings and decorative arts. You may see a preview of the collection on the Diplomatic Reception Rooms website.
Guided tours are conducted Monday through Friday at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, and 2:45 pm. Tours are 45 minutes in duration. Reservations are required and should be made approximately 90 days in advance, due to the large volume of requests.
This is a fine arts tour. We do not recommend the tour for children under the age of 12. Strollers are not permitted and there are no facilities for storage of personal belongings.
Wheelchairs as well as sign language interpreters are available upon request with advance notice. Please indicate your requirement in the additional comments section of the form prior to submitting your request. Reservations for tours may be requested by clicking the "REQUEST A TOUR" link above left. You will receive an email that your request was received by the tour office and is pending approval. Or by phone:
(202)-647-3241 [Voice Mail]
(202) 736-4232 [Fax]
(202) 736-4474 [TDD-Telecommunication Device for the Deaf]