NIH Security & Visitors
Visit the NIH Visitor Information page. This site includes information about transportation, directions, parking, security, maps of the NIH campus and Bethesda area, shuttle schedules, and more.
NIH Security & Parking
All non-NIH personnel must enter through the NIH Gateway Center. You will be asked to submit to a vehicle or personal inspection and must provide a form of government-issued ID such as a driver's license or passport. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation such as the Metrorail subway system which has a convenient stop (Medical Center) on the NIH campus. Visit the MATA "Metro" site for information on fares and schedules.
Please note that it can take up to half an hour to clear security so please plan accordingly.
For more detailed information regarding NIH security and visitor parking, please go to the NIH Campus Access and Security page.
Once on campus, you can pick-up one of the campus shuttles which will take you to the main entrance of Building 45. Visit the NIH Campus Shuttle page for detailed route and schedule information.
Building 45 is about a 5 minute walk from the of the NIH Visitor Gateway Center.
After clearing security, take the stairs/elevator up one level and follow signs to Natcher Auditorium.