Researchers must make appointments for visits. Please call for an appointment as far in advance of your planned visit as possible, as space is limited and reading rooms may be temporarily closed to accommodate Museum functions. Additionally, some materials may require a few days' preparation.

Photocopies and microfilm reader/printers are available for a fee to researchers. Laptop computers may be used in the reading rooms. Digital cameras and small desktop scanners are permitted with prior approval from the Archives.

Reading Room in Virginia

Archives Reading Room at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center holds all archival collections, including film, video, and microfilm.  There are two reading rooms: Main Reading Room and a Technical Reference Files Reading Room, which is shared with the National Air and Space Museum Library.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151 
($15 parking fee)

Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Friday, and all federal holidays

Call (703) 572-4045 for an Archives appointment.
Call (703) 572-4175 for a Library appointment. 

Research Policy:

The Archives' collections are generally open to anyone with a research need. Access to some materials may be restricted by their donors. Fragile materials may also be restricted to ensure their preservation. Staff will make every effort to inform researchers of known copyright restrictions.

The Smithsonian is implementing COVID-19 safety measures based on guidance from the CDC and local governments. We ask that all visitors to the archives please follow these safety measures to help us protect everyone’s health; the latest guidelines can be found in our COVID message.

  • The Smithsonian is, and will continue to be, a mask-friendly institution and is committed to fostering an inclusive, safe, and supportive space. While masks will not be required while in the archives, anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask while here is encouraged to do so. 
  • If you are sick or feeling unwell, please stay home. 
  • These guidelines are based on the current community levels. Please verify the guidelines at the time of your visit, should they change.
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