Local Area Information

The 2nd International Symposium to Advance TWH will be held at Natcher Conference Center on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Bethesda, Maryland is located just outside the nation’s capital of Washington, DC. Washington, DC and the NIH campus have much to offer for symposium attendees seeking to enhance their area experiences.

On the NIH Campus, attendees can find:

NIH Visitor Center and Nobel Laureate Exhibit Hall – The NIH Visitor Center and Nobel Laureate Exhibit Hall staff welcomes visitors of all ages from across the United States and around the world. When you visit the Nobel Laureate Exhibit Hall, you are welcome to request an overview of the NIH, learn more about arranging a tour, or, if available, participate in an existing tour. The permanent Nobel Laureate exhibit honors NIH-supported intramural and extramural scientists who have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, physiology or medicine. Located in Building 45 on the NIH Campus, the same as the Natcher Center.
 National Library of Medicine – The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. Located in Building 38 on the NIH Campus.


In the greater Washington, DC area, attendees may wish to visit:

 National Mall – Explore the National Mall and Memorial Parks which contain iconic monuments and memorials and over 1,000 acres of greenspace. The Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial, and others are all found at the National Mall. Admission is free.
Smithsonian Institution Museums and Zoos – Nineteen different museums, galleries, gardens, and the national zoo are all included in this historic and growing collection. Admission to each attraction varies, and tours may be available depending on location.
Smithsonian National Zoological Park – Enjoy thousands of exotic animals, educational animal demonstrations, the Asia Trail (where our giant pandas live!), and many other exhibits. Admission is free. Open daily 8:00am-5:00pm with last admittance at 4:00pm.
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – Modern and contemporary art museum and sculpture garden boasting more than 12,000 pieces. Admission is free. Daily tours available.
Library of Congress – The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. Free guided walking tours are available.


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