Porcelain from the personal collection of George Washington. Intricately engraved silverwork made by the patriot-silversmith Paul Revere. Side chairs that descended through the family of Francis Scott Key. The very desk upon which the Revolutionary War formally ended.
This collection of 5,000 objects brims with historic provenances and the stories of statesmanship, patriotism, and sacrifice that helped create and shape America. It is a testament to the ingenuity of the artists and craftsmen who adapted the aesthetics of Europe into a uniquely American style that suited the newly independent nation and its citizens.
The objects that fill the Diplomatic Reception Rooms span the nation’s history and encompass the diversity that is at the heart of its identity. These objects come together here to form a reflection of our cultural heritage that is proudly shared by the American people as their ambassador to the world.