The NIH headquarters, known as the “NIH campus” to the local community, are located in Bethesda, Maryland. Administrative and program operations facilities are also located in off-campus buildings in the surrounding area. NIH scientists conduct their research in laboratories located on the main campus, and in several field units across the country and abroad.

Google map showing the location of the NIH headquarters in Bethesda, MD.

Getting to NIH

The NIH campus is located in Bethesda, Maryland, just 10 miles from the center of Washington, DC.

Entrance to the NIH Gateway Center.

Campus Access and Security

The NIH implements security measures to ensure the safety of patients, employees, guests, and facilities.

Parking lot filled with cars on the NIH campus.


Visitor parking is extremely difficult to find at NIH, so if at all possible, take public transportation.

An NIH campus shuttle bus arrives at a stop.

Campus Shuttle

Services are provided on the NIH campus and to off-campus facilities for employees, patients, and visitors.

NIH Visitor Center and Nobel Laureate Exhibit Hall

NIH Visitor Center and Tours

We welcome visitors of all ages from across the United States and around the world.

Natcher Conference Center

Popular NIH Destinations

Facilities on the main NIH campus that are often used by visitors.

NIH campus visitor map (cropped)


Maps showing NIH campus access, parking, and building accessibility.