The ancient and historic monuments, objects, and archaeological sites of the world enrich and inform today's societies, and help connect us to our cultural origins. The Department's Cultural Heritage Center specializes in the protection and preservation of these irreplaceable resources, working on many fronts to safeguard the patrimony of other countries.

June 18, 2014
New Images of Heavy Looting Sites in Syria
May 5, 2014
Cultural Property Advisory Committee Renews Charter
April 29, 2014
Public summary of the cultural property request from Egypt as announced in the Federal Register on April 14, 2014


Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Projects

The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation provides direct grant support for the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and collections, as well as forms of traditional cultural expression, in countries around the world.

Image Database

The Image Database provides images of objects restricted from importation into the U.S. It is organized by country.


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Contact Us

For Mail:

Cultural Heritage Center (ECA/P/C)
SA-5, Floor C2
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC  20522-05C2

For Courier Deliveries:
Cultural Heritage Center (ECA/P/C)
SA-5, Fifth Floor
U.S. Department of State
2200 C Street, NW
Washington, DC  20037

Tel.: 202-632-6301
Fax: 202-632-6300

Have cultural property agreements to preserve their heritage