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Directions & Visiting Information

Whether you’re coming to the NWC campus to participate in an evening lecture or you are interested in visiting the Navy’s “Home of Thought,” we look forward to having you aboard. We want your visit to go smoothly but please remember the campus is part of a secure Naval facility. Only students, staff, faculty and other approved visitors are permitted to enter the base and then drive onto campus.


Visitors to U.S. Naval War College (NWC) can enjoy lectures and events, explore the NWC museum, and spend time with family and friends who work or attend classes on campus. NWC is a secure naval facility, so visitors typically must be sponsored by a current resident student or faculty or staff member to receive gate access.

Naval Station Newport Pass and ID Office

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The college occasionally provides tours for groups that have an academic tie or professional connection with the college. Submit requests through Provide group name, number, who is in your group, and specific interests. The Public Affairs Office will review tour requests on a case-by-case basis to determine whether the request can be accommodated. If you are interested in other commands on base or the broader Navy presence in Newport, please contact the Naval Station Newport Public Affairs Office at 401-841-3538.

Base Lodging

Base lodging options may be available to eligible personnel. Military visitors may contact the Navy Gateway Inn for overnight accommodations. Rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis.

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Getting to NWC Campus

From the North via Interstate 95

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From the South via Interstate 95

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From Boston/Rt. 24

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From Gate One

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Contact Us

Have more questions? Please visit our contact us page for a list of frequently used and requested phone numbers.

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Naval War College Museum

The Museum is open to the public 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Mondays through Friday throughout the year, and 12 noon-4:30 P.M. on Saturdays during June through September. It is closed on holidays.

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NWC Events

Naval War College events showcase the expansive depth and reach of our programs and faculty, and enhance our relevance to the Navy and national security.

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News, Media, & Events

Issues in National Security: Why Russia Lost the Cold War

Mar. 20, 2018
4:30 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Undersea cables and the challenges of protecting seabed lines of communication

Mar. 15, 2018
Center for International Maritime Security
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