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Department of State

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Address: 2201 C St Northwest, Washington DC, DC
Phone Number: +1 202-647-3241
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Mon - Fri 08:15 - 17:00
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USD 350.00*
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Customized Private Sightseeing Tour of DC
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USD 49.00*
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Half-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC

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I'm so glad that we were able to get this tour. It is surprisingly beautiful and the staff is very knowledgeable.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I'm so glad that we were able to get this tour. It is surprisingly beautiful and the staff is very knowledgeable.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

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Thank Glenn R. M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

The State Department gives tours of the formal rooms on the eight floor where diplomatic receptions and dinners take place. A tour can be arranged for groups (or if you know someone who works at the Department they can arrange it. All of the furnishings come from the beginnings of the department which was the first government office formed by... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

I am an antique and architecture lover, so I loved this 45 minute tour! You need to reserve in advance for the 45 minute tour at the state department website. easy walking access from foggy bottom metro.

Thank Margaret S
Jesup, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

My family and I recently had a tour here arranged through our Congressional office. I wouldn't say that you see anything earth shattering, but it is interesting. Our tour guide Chic also worked really hard to make the tour interesting for our 10 year old son. There are some beautiful rooms here - it is primarily an art and architecture... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 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 used to welcome and entertain foreign diplomats. The decor celebrates historical America in decorative arts... More 

Thank Liisa W
Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 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 is where ambassadors are entertained and the furnishings are really incredible. There are some great... More 

Thank barbara r
washington dc
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 furnished with antiques and the main dining room is used for "official dinners". Mainly a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 of the history of our nation. At one point we were standing in a room... More 

5 Thank sullivus
Springfield, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2014

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

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