General Location of the Main UMBC Campus
The main campus of
UMBC is located ~7 miles (11 km) to the south-west of
downtown Baltimore Maryland, and ~35 miles (56 km) to the north-east
of Washington D.C.
The street address of the department is
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, U.S.A.
The campus is fairly close to
the intersection of interstate highways I-695 (the Baltimore Beltway)
and I-95. It is also just beyond the western end of the
Interstate I-195 spur to the
Baltimore Washington International
Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
and its associated MTA Light Rail station.
I-195also intersects MD-295 (the Washington - Baltimore Parkway),
and passes close to the BWI
AMTRACK/Marc railway station
Unfortunately there is no public transport
between UMBC and any of these locations (although taxis are available).
Vistors arriving by car via I-695 should use exit-12
(Md-372 West, Wilkens Ave). Those ariving via
I-95 should use exit-47
(I-195/Md-166 towards Catonsville).
Detailed Directions to the Physics Department
The UMBC Astrophysics Group is located in the
on the main campus.
The UMBC Observatory is located on the roof,
Observatory "Open Houses"
are held on the top floor of this same building.
Take Commons Drive off Hilltop Circle.
During the day (when the university is in session), visitor parking is
avaliable in the Commons Drive Parking Garage, lower level in the metered
Out of hours, you park free at any non-marked curb-side spot.
Temporary parking passes are also available from Parking Services in the
Physical Plant Shops Building (410-455-2551).
Please see the UMBC Visitor's Guide for more information.
Directions to the Telescope Open House
Enter the Main Entrance to the Physics Building, which is located in
the corner of the building closest to the Library (furthest from Commons Drive)
Take either of the elevators up to the 4th floor.
Turn right & right again as you exit the elevator, and enter Room 401
Assuming a presentation is not underway, and you are not otherwise
instructed, proceed through the door to the right of the whiteboards
in Room 401.
Assuming you hear people above you, and you are not otherwise
instructed, proceed up the pair of
steep metal ladders into the telescope dome.
Unfortunately there is no other access route available.
Small children, people with mobility problems, and people afraid of
heights may not wish to visit the dome.