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Commissioning Week

General Information

All information displayed is for Commissioning Week, normal operating hours may differ.

The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center & Naval Academy Gift Shop

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May 18 - 22 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 23 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
May 24 - 25 9:30 – 5 p.m.

Daily tours are given at the Visitor Center:

May 18 - 19 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
May 20 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
May 21 - 25 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Midshipmen and their parents receive a 10% discount at the Gift Shop. All sales are tax exempt and shipping services are available.

Naval Academy Museum

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Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The USNA Museum, in Preble Hall, is located just inside the Maryland Avenue gate. There are two main exhibition galleries featuring art, artifacts, and models that depict the history of the US Navy and Naval Academy and ship models from the age of sail.

The Museum maintains storage spaces for the reserve study collection, and a well-equipped shop for building and repairing ship models.

The Midshipmen Store

Phone: 410–293–2392

Special Commissioning Week Hours:

Saturday - Sunday May 19 - 20 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday - Friday May 21 - 25 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday May 26 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Authorized patrons only. Parents/guardians and midshipmen families are authorized but must present shopping cards or special Commissioning Week name tags.

Dahlgren Hall's Drydock Restaurant

The Drydock Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer fresh deli sandwiches, made to order grill items, pizza, and assorted snacks. All proceeds benefit the Brigade of Midshipmen.

Phone: 410–293–2873



Saturday & Sunday May 19 & 20 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday - Thursday May 21 - 24 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday May 25 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. 
Saturday May 26 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Drydock serves breakfast, fast food, pizza and sandwiches.

The Naval Academy Club (NAC)

Phone: 410–293–2632



Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Naval Academy Club (NAC) will offer special hours and permit families of graduating midshipmen to dine: Sunday brunch, May 20,  seatings 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, May 21-24, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, May 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are suggested for dinner and may be made at 410-293-2632. Dress code standards (no cut-offs, flip-flops, etc.) apply when visiting the NAC. 

Reservations are suggested for dinner and may be made at 410–293–2632.

Concession Stands

Concessions will be available:

Monday May 21 1:30 p.m. In the vicinity of Herndon Monument
Tuesday May 22 11:30 a.m – 3 p.m. In the vicinity of Ingram Field
Wednesday May 23 11:30 a.m – 3:30 p.m. In the vicinity of Ingram Field and on Hospital Point
Thursday May 24 11:00 a.m. In the vicinity of the Balch Road near Worden Field

Other Dining

Many commercial restaurants are available in the Annapolis area. In addition to those in the downtown Annapolis area near the Academy, many are located in Restaurant Park by Annapolis Mall just off Route 50, northwest of, and about five miles from, the Academy.

A listing of restaurants is available at the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau official website at

Special Visitor Needs

Special graduation seating is available for people in wheelchairs, for those who cannot easily climb stairs or who would benefit from a sign language interpreter. USNA maps, posted on the Naval Academy website, will show which facilities on Academy grounds are modified for the handicapped – building entrances, rest rooms, and parking. Maneuvering wheelchairs throughout Academy grounds may be difficult when trying to get from one activity to another. For rental wheelchairs, please inquire at a medical supply house shown under “wheelchairs” in the yellow pages.

Medical Needs

For all emergencies the state-wide emergency number is 911. The closest emergency room is Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC). For emergencies call 443–481–1200/1201. General AAMC information call 443–481–1000.

Public Rest Rooms

Public rest rooms are located in Dahlgren Hall, Navy Museum, and Worden Field Bandstand. In town, rest rooms are at the harbor master building on the City Dock. Visitors wanting to change clothes between events may use Dahlgren Hall’s rest rooms.

Transportation From Airports

Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) is the closest commercial airport. A commercial shuttle service is available from BWI to Annapolis. Some Annapolis hotels offer courtesy vans to/from BWI. In Washington D.C., taxis can be hired from Ronald Reagan National and Dulles Airports. Rental cars are available; but parking on USNA and in historic Annapolis is very challenging during graduation week. Parking will be provided at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with shuttle bus service to the Academy.

Annapolis Visitor Information

Maps and information on hotels, restaurants, tours, museums, historic sites, parking, etc., are available at or by writing to Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, 26 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401; 888-302-2852.    

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