Security & Parking

Government–issued photo ID is required for entry for all adults over the age of 18.

Please have one of the following:

  • Drivers license
  • Passport
  • State issued photo identification card.

When you enter the CDC campus, veer right to proceed to the security checkpoint. Identify yourself as a visitor to the CDC Museum. Security officers will ask to see your picture ID (driver’s license or passport) and will do a quick scan of the undercarriage of your car, van, or bus. Security officers will then ask you to open both the trunk and the hood of your car for inspection. You will then be directed to the visitor parking deck (straight ahead). When you walk into the Tom Harkin Global Communications Center from the parking deck (ground level), you are entering the David J. Sencer CDC Museum lobby. Once inside, you will be asked to show your picture ID again. Security officers will have badges waiting for large groups. For smaller groups (who did not schedule a tour) or individuals, security officers will create a security badge that will give you access to the museum.

This process will take at least 15 minutes.

Car or Van

Once the inspection has been completed by the security officers, you will then be directed to the visitor parking deck (straight ahead). Visitor parking on CDC’s campus is free.


CDC’s visitor parking deck cannot accommodate school or charter busses. Busses will be able to pull into driveway to drop off students, but drivers must find parking offsite during the group’s visit. For this reason, we recommend that bus drivers are not counted as chaperones or members of the tour group. Bus drivers are encouraged to remain with the vehicle in case they are asked to move it. Visitors are asked to make arrangements to contact their drivers when they are ready to be picked up. Drivers may pick their group up where they were dropped off..

NOTE: Do not park in the Phase I deck (across from Marlow’s Tavern). This deck is restricted and should only be used for short-term retail parking.

Page last reviewed: July 26, 2011