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explore the heart of the u.s. military at fort meade

Nearby, you will find one of America's most valuable active military bases. Opened in 1917, this thriving military hub is named after Civil War general George G. Meade who served as commander of the Army of the Potomac. Originally built as a training camp, today Fort Meade is home to the Defense Information School, Defense Media Activity and U.S. Army Field Band. Fort Meade, MD is also the current headquarters for U.S. Cyber Command, National Security Agency, Defense Courier Service and Defense Information Systems Agency. There is also a museum with historical treasures, uniforms, equipment, vehicles, an armored personnel carrier and helicopter.


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There is no fee for entrance to Fort Meade.

Hours -

The base is open 24/7; however, non-military personnel without valid Department of Defense-issued ID cards, must first obtain a daily visitor pass from the Visitor Control Center, which is open M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


  • Reindeer 5K Run/1 Mile Walk
  • Digital Photography Contest
  • Give Back Program


  • Museum
  • Shopping
  • Social Events
  • Movies
  • Schools
  • Dining


  • How do I get permission to visit Fort Meade?

    Individuals who wish to visit Fort Meade must first obtain a daily visitor pass from the Visitor Control Center (VCC). The VCC is open M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you wish to visit after hours or on weekends, you must be met at the gate by whomever you are visiting, and then be escorted onto the base. Frequent visitors can pre-register for a long-term access pass at the VCC. Non-Department of Defense-affiliated personnel who visit must have a valid purpose for entering the base.
  • Where is the visitor center at Fort Meade?

    The Visitor Control Center (VCC) is located at 902 Reece Road, Severn, MD. The VCC can be reached by phone at (301) 677-1064 or 1065 or on their website.

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