USNA’s Visitor Center

Experience the Yard

Welcome to the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, your home base for a visit to the Naval Academy. We feature an Information Desk for your questions and tour ticket purchases, a spirited USNA Gift Shop, a vending area, intriguing historical exhibits, and so much more.

Memorial Hall

Get a Sense of History

Your first stop? Enter Halsey Field House on the way to the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center to take in an impressive, high-tech exhibit that captures the mission of the Naval Academy, student life as a midshipman, and their exciting career paths as commissioned officers. Then enter the Visitor Center and watch its moving 13-minute film, The Call to Serve, which repeats every 15 minutes. Our exhibit area is a mini-museum, with several interactive screens, including informational maps and guidance to help you orient yourself on the Yard. There are several kiosks with interactive videos featuring midshipmen and recent graduates who discuss admissions, academics, student life, and career options, as well as a station that provides the career paths of exceptional graduates. With over 700 photographs and incredible heart-stopping photography of the U.S. Naval Academy’s most iconic moments, you’ll feel the spirit right from the start. Check out the USNA gift shop and the museum while you’re here as well. Don’t miss the daily noon formation (weather permitting during the academic year). On parade days, you can also wander over to Worden Field by 4:00 p.m. to watch the full Brigade of Midshipmen perform.

visitor center tour the yard

Tour the Yard

Want to get the best view of what life is like on the Yard? Join one of our highly-regarded historical tours. Let engaging professional guides from the Naval Academy Business Services Division lead you through the places that have trained the best and the brightest, and brought this leadership school of approximately 4,400 wayfinders to vibrant life.

We have a number of guided tour options that will provide interesting and exciting facts as you tour USNA. 

When you’re exploring the Yard, you’re also giving back in a meaningful way, since 100% of the profits from tours, merchandise, and meals purchased here go to support the Brigade of Midshipmen.


USNA Hours


  • Monday - Friday
  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • USNA Gift Shop open until 5:00 p.m.


  • Daily
  • 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • USNA Gift Shop open until 5:00 p.m.


  • Thanksgiving day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year's Day
  • Easter before noon

United States Naval Academy Admissions Briefings

To learn more about the process of applying to the U.S. Naval Academy, this admissions briefing is a necessity.


Dates*/Times:  Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Briefings last about an hour. 

Location: Second Deck of the Visitor Center

*Excludes all Federal Holidays. Due to COVID restrictions, all Admissions Briefings must currently be reserved in advance.

USNA Admissions

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