NIH-Natcher Conference Center

45 Center Drive, Balconies A, B and C

Bethesda, Maryland United States


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 a short 5 minute walk from the Gateway Center.

Please see the NIH Visitors Map as well as for more information.

Walking directions from Metro/Gateway Center to Natcher can be found here

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

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): $55
  • Dulles International Airport (IAD): $75
  • Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI): $95

The Natcher Conference Center has a limited capacity cafeteria located on the main level serving breakfast and lunch. Hours of operation are 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM. There are also a convenience store and vending machines in the Natcher Conference Center. Lister Hill Center (building 38A), just steps away from Natcher, features an excellent full-service cafeteria (level B-1) and building 10 with a large food court is within a 5-10 minute walk from the Conference Center.

Per government policies, NIH cannot provide meals during the workshop.