The Diplomatic Reception Rooms are home to one of the most important collections of eighteenth-century Americana in the world, but they are not a museum. They are not cordoned off in a static and untouchable display, nor are they available only to statesmen and dignitaries.
It is the mission of the Office of Fine Arts to preserve the Rooms as a living national treasure – available for public tours, accessible to students in classrooms across America, and serving as a magnificent, substantive and welcoming venue for the thousands who visit in person each year.
Government funds can never be applied to maintenance, acquisitions, conservation, research activities, educational initiatives and other outreach. Your tax-deductible gift to the Diplomatic Reception Rooms’ annual fund allows the Office of Fine Arts to care for the DRRs, maintain them for posterity, and share them with the world.
Growing the Collection
The Diplomatic Reception Rooms are expanding into the 21st century with acquisitions of exceptional views of America, and artworks that reflect the diverse cultural heritage of the American people.
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Preserving America’s Treasures
Gifts toward our conservation needs ensure the longevity of this great American collection.
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Bringing History to Life
Help us put the educational power of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms into the hands of the next generation of leaders and global citizens.
Adopt an Object
Contribute to the long-term care and conservation of an object acquired by the Office of Fine Arts. Contact us
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Chippendale Carved Walnut Side Chair
Federal Figured and Inlaid Cylinder Secretary Bookcase
Portrait of Leonidas Wetmore
Chinese Export Porcelain Five-Piece Garniture