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Directions to the Museum

The National Museum of Health and Medicine is easily accessible to tourists as well as residents of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, whether you arrive by car or air. Interstate 95 is the major north-south route that intersects about a 15-minute drive to the museum from the west.

The museum is located approximately eight miles north of the White House in Silver Spring, Md. The Museum is located just outside of the Fort Detrick—Forest Glen Annex.

From New York and the north:

  • From I-95 south, take exit 27 to merge onto I-495 W toward Silver Spring.
  • Take exit 31 for MD-97/Georgia Avenue toward Silver Spring/Wheaton.
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for MD-97 S.
  • Turn left onto MD-97 S/Georgia Ave.
  • Take the 3rd right onto Seminary Road. Continue onto Linden Lane.
  • The Museum will be on the left.

From Virginia and the south:

  • Take I-395 north toward Washington.
  • Take the exit on the left onto US-1 N/14th Street toward the National Mall and continue onto 14th Street NW.
  • Turn left onto Military Road NW and then take the ramp to 16th Street NW.
  • Turn right onto 16th Street NW. At the traffic circle, continue straight onto 16th Street.
  • Make a slight left onto Second Avenue and then turn left onto Linden Lane.
  • The Museum will be on the left.

From Frederick and Montgomery, Md. counties and the northwest:

  • Take I-270 south to the I-495 E exit.
  • Follow directions from the Capital Beltway below.

From Annapolis, Md. and the east:

  • Take U.S. 50 W to the I-95/I-495 N exit, exit number 7B/Baltimore-Silver Spring.
  • Follow directions from the Capital Beltway below.

From Manassas:

  • Take I-66 E toward Washington, D.C. Take the I-495 N exit toward Baltimore.
  • Follow directions from the Capital Beltway below.

From the Capital Beltway:

    Outer Loop:
  • Take I-495W to exit 31 for MD-97/Georgia Avenue toward Silver Spring/Wheaton.
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for MD-97 S.
  • Turn left onto MD-97 S/Georgia Ave.
  • Take the 3rd right onto Seminary Road. Continue onto Linden Lane.
  • The Museum will be on the left.
    Inner Loop:
  • Take I-495E to exit 31 B/97 Georgia Avenue south toward Silver Spring.
  • Bear right onto Georgia Avenue (Rt. 97) south.
  • Turn right onto Seminary Road and then continue onto Linden Lane.
  • The Museum will be on the left.

From downtown Washington, D.C.:

  • Take 16th Street NW. At the traffic circle, continue straight onto 16th Street.
  • Make a slight left onto Second Avenue and then turn left onto Linden Lane.
  • The Museum will be on the left.