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Visitor Information

Before coming to NIH, visit NIH Visitor Information for maps, directions, security information, and more.

Natcher Conference Center

The Natcher Conference Center (Building 45) is located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, across the street and north from Building 38A and the National Library of Medicine.

Find more information at Building 45, Natcher Building.

Getting There

We strongly encourage taking the Metro to the Natcher Conference Center. There are very few visitor parking spaces at NIH. There is a three-hour limit on visitor parking spaces, and ticketing is enforced and irreversible. The Natcher Conference Center is a 5-minute walk from the Medical Center station on the Red Line. The Natcher Building is located on Center Drive directly behind the Medical Center Stop.

If you must drive, take the Wisconsin Avenue exit from the Capital Beltway (Rte. 495) and go 1.5 miles south on Wisconsin Avenue toward Bethesda to the 5th traffic light at Center Drive/Jones Bridge Rd. Turn right onto Center Drive. The Natcher Building is at 45 Center Drive and is located across from the Library of Medicine.

An alternative to parking at NIH is to drive to Bethesda and park in a public lot in Bethesda. From Bethesda you can either take the Metro to the Medical Center station or walk up Wisconsin Avenue to Center Drive (about a 10-15 minute walk). You may also park at other Metro stops on the Red Line that have public parking and take the Metro to the Medical Center station. Convenient stops include Rockville, White Flint, and Grosvenor.

NIH Campus Shuttle

The NIH operates multiple free shuttles throughout the NIH and its campuses. For route maps and schedules, please visit

Food and Vending Service

The Natcher Building contains a cafeteria, with open and private dining facilities, located on the first floor level, A Wing. The cafeteria serves lunch from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Soda and snack vending machines are located in the galley areas of levels two through six, A Wing, and on the P2 level of the Natcher Conference Center B Wing, adjacent to the north and south walls of the floor.

Last Updated March 21, 2011

Last Reviewed March 17, 2011