Visit the Archives

Starting August 1, the Archives Technical Reference Files will not be available for research, in person or by email request. The collection will be relocating from the Museum location in Washington, DC, to our Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. We anticipate reopening access to the Technical Reference Files at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Fall 2018.

The Archives Reading Room at the Udvar-Hazy Center will remain open by appointment, Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Permissions and reference services will continue, but expect delays due to the move. Email the reference desk with questions.

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.

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

The Reading Room at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC is closed.  The Technical Reference Files are relocating to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.  We anticipate reopening access to the Technical Reference Files at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Fall 2018.

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.