All NIH visitors must go through a security clearance at the new NIH Gateway Center to receive a visitor's badge. Visitors may be required to pass through a metal detector and have bags/purses inspected or x-rayed. All visitors must present a government-issued photo ID to enter the campus.

Public Transportation
The Washington D.C. Metrorail system has a station on the NIH campus called "Medical Center." Upon exiting the station, it is a short walk to the NIH campus shuttle, which will take you to NIH buildings on the main campus and in Rockville.

Metrorail service is available from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and from Union Station (railway). Take Metro's Red Line to the Medical Center Station.

For more information, visit Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and NIH Campus Shuttle Schedules

The Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) is located on the NIH main campus. Visitor parking is limited, so take public transportation if possible. The campus is located on the Red Line at the Medical Center Metro stop. Proceed to the new NIH Gateway Center for security clearance. The Natcher Conference Center is located a short distance behind the Gateway Center.

See http://www.nih.gov/about/visitor/ for more information.

The estimated fare (one-way) from the three local airports to Natcher are:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): $55
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD): $55
  • Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI): $75


While we do not have a room block, below is information for three local hotels where you are able to make reservations:

Doubletree Hotel Bethesda 
8120 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD
(301) 652-2000 

Bethesda Court Hotel
7740 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD
(301) 656-2100, 1-800-874-0050 

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/Bethesda 
7301 Waverly Street, Bethesda, MD 20814


link provides information for ordering a boxed lunch.  Please note, all lunch orders are due by 5 PM on Wednesday, April 6

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