The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center

Welcome to the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center of the United States Naval Academy.

USNA Visitor Center Maryland historic tours

Visitor Center in Fall

Visit the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD to see where future officers are educated and trained.  The “yard,” as the lush grounds of the Academy are called, reflects the beauty of Beaux Arts architecture and historical monuments commemorating naval events.

The Visitor Center is conveniently located inside USNA Gate 1 at the Annapolis harbor. Pedestrian entrances are on Prince George and Randall Streets.  The Visitor Center provides guided historical tours for visitors, as well as groups.

Anyone 18 or older must show a valid (not expired) original (no photocopies) U.S. government-issued photo ID or original passport to enter USNA grounds.  For visitors from Minnesota, Missouri, and Washinton State, a driver’s license alone or an ID card from American Samoa will NOT provide access to the USNA.  A SECOND PHOTO ID will need to be presented along with the driver’s license.  Note that a valid U.S. Passport will gain admittance to anyone regardless of the state they are from. 


The Visitor Center is the first stop on a visit to the undergraduate college of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Information specialists welcome visitors to view the 13-minute film, The Call to Serve, and to take a guided walking tour with a professional, certified guide.

The USNA Gift Shop, inside the Visitor Center, provides visitors with an official United States Naval Academy
shopping experience. The Gift Shop can be found online at All proceeds from the sale of tours and merchandise benefit Brigade of Midshipmen activities.

Enter Halsey Field House on the way to the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center and you will experience an impressive exhibit that captures the mission of the Naval Academy and portrays life as a midshipman during the 4-year program.

This exhibit features interactive screens, including a 20X6 touch-screen wall map to help visitors get an idea of the locations and sites to see on the Yard; a station dedicated to outstanding graduates of the USNA; interactive video screens featuring midshipmen and recent graduates discussing admissions, academics, midshipman life and career options; and an interactive screen which hosts the USNA Alumni Association directory and look-up.

Admissions Information

United States Naval Academy Admissions briefings, lasting approximately one hour are held at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, on the second deck of the Visitor Center.  For information on federal holiday closings visit the Admissions website.Rogers Ship Model Collection

U.S. Naval Academy Museum

The museum’s artifacts are displayed in galleries located on two floors 
in Preble Hall.  The first floor is devoted to the exhibit entitled 
”Leadership and Service: The History of the United States Navy 
and the Naval Academy.”  The famous Rogers Collection of antique ship models is the focus of the second floor exhibit.

For more information visit the USNA Museum website.

Annapolis Area

For information on attractions, accommodations, restaurants and events in and around Annapolis, please see the Visit Annapolis web site.

Four Rivers Heritage Area

For information on other historic sites in the Annapolis area, visit the Four Rivers Heritage Area website.