Visit the Archives

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 at both locations. 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

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center holds the majority of the Archives' collections, including film, video, and microfilm. These collections are accessed through the reading room at that location.

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

Open: Tuesday-Friday, 10am to 4pm; call (703) 572-4045 for an appointment

Closed: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and all Federal holidays

Reading Room in DC

National Mall Building

General research on most topics can be completed at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC using thetechnical reference files, available in the Archives reading room. Researchers working here may also make use of the National Air and Space Museum branch of Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

National Air and Space Museum
Room 3100 (west end of the 3rd floor)
6th and Independence Avenue SW 
Washington, DC

Open: Tuesday-Friday, 10am to 4pm; call (703) 572-4045 for an appointment.

Closed: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and all Federal holidays.

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.