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Base Access Information

Access to the Washington Navy Yard is controlled by Commander Naval District Washington. Please note that the base security protocol can change without notice.

All visitors must have a photo ID to enter the Washington Navy Yard. Visitors without a DOD CAC or military ID must report to the Visitors Center at the 11th and O Street gates, and must be escorted while on base. Visitors who wish to drive on base must also have their vehicle registration and proof of insurance. To arrange an escort, please contact the office you are visiting.



Visiting the Naval History and Heritage Command >View



Visiting the National Museum of the United States Navy, Cold War Gallery and Destroyer Barry >View



Entrance Gates >View



Driving Directions to WNY

Directions using Google Maps >View

Please Note:

  • Cars and buses must enter via the 11th & O St. SE gates on weekdays; on weekends and holidays the 6th and M St. SE gate should be used for all vehicle traffic.
  • Parking is extremely limited during the weekdays, but the Museum does have some parking spaces it can reserve for visitors driving to the Navy Yard. Please call (202) 433-6897 to ask about reserving a space. Vehicle registration and proof of insurance or rental agreement are required to drive onto the base. It is recommended that visitors access the Navy Yard via Metro on weekdays or park in the lot (for a fee) across the street from the 6th and M St. SE gate. The general public can bring cars onto the Navy Yard on weekends/holidays and should use the 6th and M St. SE gate.



Public Transportation Directions and more



Metro (Subway) >View



Public Bus >View



Washington Navy Yard Map and Additional Information

Click on image to enlarge or click here for PDF Map of Washington Navy yard - 6th and M St SE  and 9th and M st SE gates are for DOD CAC holders and military personnel only.  11th and O st SE gate for visitors andanyone without military or DOD access cards.

NOTE : Picnic tables are available near the Museum and throughout the Navy Yard for those who wish to bring their lunch and eat outside.


Building 36 3rd Floor Communications and Outreach (Public Affairs)
Building 44 1st Floor The Navy Department Library
2nd Floor Entrance to Curator & Photographic Section in Building 108

Building 57

1st Floor

Early History Branch
Senior Historian
2nd Floor


Contemporary History Branch
Director of Naval History
3rd Floor Operational Archives

Building 67


Navy Art Archives (Not Open to the Public)

Building 70


Cold War Gallery
Underwater Archaeology

Building 76


The U.S. Navy Museum

Building 108


Entrance to Curator & Photographic Section

Building 70 and Building 57





Aviation History
Ships History / Deck Logs



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