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Using the Museum of Flight Research Facilities

Can we help you with an aviation or space-related project? We are ready and willing to help all those interested in space and aviation, including students, historians, researchers, teachers, and visitors.

Ready Reference for Walk-In Patrons

The Ready Reference Desk and Reading Room for the Harl V. Brackin Library and the Kenneth H. Dahlberg Center for Military Aviation History is open for walk-in patrons, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm. We are closed weekends and federal holidays. Research Assistants are on hand during these hours to help answer questions and to provide access to cataloged and published materials. Admission is free and open to anyone. Researchers are allowed to bring their own laptop computers but scanners & cameras are not allowed. Materials are not available for loan but the Reading Room has photocopiers and color copiers for generating copies or low-resolution pdf files for a fee. WiFi is not available at this time.

To contact the Ready Reference Desk use the "Research or Image Request Form" located below.

The Museum of Flight Research Center
9305 East Marginal Way South
Seattle WA 98108

Photographic Detailed Research Requests

With over two million images and growing, The Museum of Flight’s photographic collection covers the scope of aviation history. New research collections are acquired regularly and the staff is constantly processing and cataloging new additions to the collection.

Detailed research requests, large-scale photographic requests and requests for access to specific collections should be made in writing, preferably via email. Be as specific as possible and realistic in your expectations. Two to three weeks is the average amount of time it takes to reply to a request. However, additional time will be needed for the reproduction of oversized materials or drawings since their reproduction needs to be contracted out.

More complex requests or in-depth research may require a visit to the Research Facility or if you are unable to visit please contact us for a discussion about research fees.

Access to the collections of the Dahlberg Center for Military Aviation History, the general Archives and Artifact collection is by appointment only.

The Museum of Flight Research Center offers 1,000 of its most requested images through Corbis. The images are readily available in high-resolution format and can be ordered through Corbis’ purchasing system. Use the phrase “Museum of Flight” as the search strategy to see all of the available images on the Corbis.

Collections Research or Image Request Form

You can now request it online - our extensive collection contains millions of images and artifacts

Directions to the Research Center

The Museum of Flight’s Research Center is located in the Library and Archives facility, immediately west from the main museum building, across East Marginal Way South, and adjacent to the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery and the Air Park. The Research Center includes: The Harl V. Brackin Library, the Dahlberg Center for Military Aviation History, the Archives and Artifact Collections. The Ready Reference facility and Reading Room is located in the Dahlberg Center.

The physical address of the building is:
9303 East Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA, 98108

The Museum of Flight’s Research Center is very conveniently located just a minute off of Interstate 5, and only 10 minutes south of downtown Seattle. If using public transportation the Research Center is on King County Metro Transit bus route number 124.


Driving Directions to the Research Center - Click Here 

  • From Interstate 5, take exit 158 for Boeing Access Road
  • Following signs for The Museum of Flight, turn west
  • Turn right (north) at the first light (East Marginal Way South)
  • You will pass the main museum buildings on your right
  • Turn left (west) on S 94th Place (just before the museum’s pedestrian bridge over East Marginal Way South)
  • Follow the signs for “Museum Overflow Parking/Library and Archives/Dahlberg Center” around the building to the parking lot
  • Once parked, you can access the Research Center by ringing the doorbell at the door with the black awning - there are signs adjacent to the door indicating that it is the Dahlberg Center.

Directions to the Research Center from the main Museum building -Click Here 

  • If you parked in the main museum parking lot, the Research Center can be accessed by crossing through the museum lobby and across the street to the west campus via the pedestrian bridge crossing East Marginal Way South
  • Enter the museum and walk past the gift store and turn right (you do not need to pay admission to access the Research Center)
  • Walk past the entrance to the Red Barn and turn left to access the T. Evans Wycoff Memorial Bridge
  • Cross the bridge and enter the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery, go past the Admissions Desk on your left and exit outside through the west side access doors
  • You can then access the Research Center by ringing the doorbell at the door with the black awning - there are signs adjacent to the door indicating that it is the Dahlberg Center