Visit the Archives

The Smithsonian is closed due to a federal government shutdown. The National Air and Space Museum Archives will be closed and unable to respond to emails or phone calls until further notice.

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

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.

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 Archives appointment.

Call (703) 572-4175 for a Library 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.