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
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)
Closed to Researchers: As a public health precaution due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C will temporarily close to the public starting Saturday, March 14, including NASM Archives. See our message to visitors.
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.