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Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, Maryland 20746

Smithsonian Shuttle

The Smithsonian operates a free shuttle bus from the National Museum of Natural History to the Museum Support Center, which is approximately six miles southeast of Washington, D.C. The shuttle bus departs from the museum's entrance on Madison Drive (i.e., the Mall entrance) on the hour and arrives at the Museum Support Center 27 minutes later.

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You will need a pass to ride the shuttle bus, so please let us know in advance if you plan to ride the shuttle. You will also need a photo ID to board the shuttle and enter the Museum Support Center. Please let us know if you would like to schedule a wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus.

Metrorail  »  View Metro Map

Take the Green Line to the Suitland Station. Exit the station, follow the path to Silver Hill Road and turn right (west). Follow the sidewalk across the entrance and exit ramps to Suitland Parkway. The Museum Support Center is the second large building complex on the righthand side of the street, behind a black wrought iron fence. Ask the guard at the entrance to the complex to direct you to the Museum Support Center. The entire walk from Metro to MSC is about 10-15 minutes. You must present a photo ID to enter the Museum Support Center.

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From Downtown Washington, D.C.

Take South Capital across the Anacostia River. Follow the Suitland Parkway until the exit for Silver Hill South. Exit right onto Silver Hill Road and go about 2 blocks to the guard building inside the black wrought iron gate on right (second driveway on right after off ramp). Ask the guard to direct you to the Museum Support Center.

From Baltimore, MD and points North

Take I-95 South to the Washington Beltway (I-495/I-95 South, toward Andrews Air Force Base or Richmond). Take the first exit for Route 4 - Pennsylvania Avenue (toward Washington, DC). At end of exit ramp move one lane to the left. Continue through 4 traffic lights and turn left at the 5th onto Silver Hill Road. Go past Suitland High School, the Federal Center, Suitland Metro station. At the wrought iron fence on the right after the metro station, turn into the driveway of the Smithsonian complex. Ask the guard to direct you to the Museum Support Center.

From Richmond, VA and points South

Take I-95 North to the Washington Beltway (I-495 East/I-95 East, toward Alexandria or Baltimore). Take Exit 7B, Branch Avenue (North). Go through several traffic lights. Exit right onto St. Barnabus Road. Turn Right on Silver Hill Road. The Museum Support Center will be on your left. Ask the guard at the gate to direct you to the Museum Support Center.

From Maryland Eastern Shore

Take Route 50 West to the Washington Beltway - I-495/I-95 South (towards Andrews Air Force Base or Richmond), take first exit for Route 4 at Pennsylvania Avenue (toward Washington, DC), at end of exit ramp move one lane to the left, go through 4 traffic lights and turn left at the 5th onto Silver Hill Road, go past Suitland High School, the Federal Center, and the Suitland Metro station. Take the driveway on the right to the guard building inside black wrought iron gate (second driveway on right after get off ramp). Ask the guard to direct you to the Museum Support Center.

From Pittsburgh, PA and points West

Take Route 70 East (towards Harrisburg or Philadelphia), take I-270 South to the Washington Beltway - I-495/I-95 East (take the I-270 spur that stays in Maryland), take first exit for Route 4 - Pennsylvania Avenue (toward Washington, DC), at end of exit ramp move one lane to the left, go through 4 traffic lights and turn left at the 5th onto Silver Hill Road, go past Suitland High School, the Federal Center, and the Suitland Metro station. Take the driveway on the right to the guard building inside the black wrought iron gate. Ask the guard to direct you to the Museum Support Center.


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