The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center

Before turning to those moral and mental aspects of the matter which present the greatest difficulties, let the inquirer begin by mastering more elementary problems.
How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

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.

Everyone 18 and older must have a government issued photo ID. International visitors must have an original passport. Only vehicles with USNA IDs, DoD stickers or handicapped tags may enter Naval Academy grounds.

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.

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.