One of Annapolis' Longest Standing Institutions
Welcome to the United States Naval Academy (USNA). Established in 1845, the USNA and its traditions are synonymous with the city of Annapolis. From noon formations to football games held at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the USNA attracts thousands of visitors a year. Only a short walk down Maryland Avenue from the Maryland State house, the USNA is the perfect way to spend a few hours when in town.
Experience the USNA
Did you know the USNA is open to the public? You don't have to become a midshipman to find out what one's life is like. A guided tour, delivered by a professional, certified guide through the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center of the Naval Academy, will give you an insider's perspective. Learn fun and unusual facts about midshipmen life, like how the entire brigade of 4,500-plus is served every meal in less than 20 minutes. See where on campus two big, beautiful stained-glass windows by Tiffany are displayed. Check out an actual room where the midshipmen study and sleep. A tour gives you all this and much more.
Naval Academy Attractions
One of the most impressive attractions on the yard is the world-class USNA Museum. This hidden gem welcomes over 100,000 Naval history buffs a year, offering two floors of exhibits exemplifying a history of sea power, the development of the United States Navy, and the role the USNA has played in the Navy's history. There is also the John Paul Jones Crypt, the USNA Chapel, USNA Jewish Chapel, and the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, all open to visitors.
More Information About the Naval Academy
Looking for more to do? Football, lacrosse, and hockey games are a big draw, as is Commissioning Week: graduation week for Midshipmen that’s packed with events like flight demonstrations by the Blue Angels.
Visitors are welcome to browse the Naval Academy at their own pace, or join a tour led by a knowledgeable volunteer. Call the Visitor Center at 410-293-8687 for hours of operation and additional information on tours.
Note: Anyone 18 years old and above needs to present one* valid form of ID (e.g., U.S. Government photo ID, passport, credit card with photo, or student ID, not expired, nor photocopied) to be admitted into the USNA grounds.
*Visitors from the states of Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Washington, or American Samoa are required to present a second photo ID.