The information and links provided here are for the use of visiting scientists, conference attendees, and other invitees. The Goddard Institute for Space Studies is a relatively small research laboratory with no visitors' facility. Because of that and because of government security regulations, we cannot otherwise grant access to members of the public. We do not offer tours of the institute.
GISS is located in New York City at 2880 Broadway, at the intersection of Broadway and West 112th St. in the Morningside Heights (Columbia University) neighborhood of Manhattan. Right at the corner on the first floor of our building is Tom's Restaurant, a diner which you will likely recognize if you have watched the TV program Seinfeld. The entrance to the GISS offices is just a few steps east along 112th St. from Tom's. Signs at this entrance identify the building as Armstrong Hall and the address as 545 West 112th St.
Due to implementation of the REAL ID Act (2005), a passport or a state driver's license or identification card is required for admittance to the GISS premises, which is considered a federal facility. As of spring 2020, a state ID or license that is not REAL ID compliant is accepted, but you are urged to obtain a compliant ID before entrance regulations change, which is expected to occur Oct. 1, 2021.
Persons who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents and who may be planning a visit to GISS require that special arrangements be made. Please co-ordinate with your GISS host on this at least three weeks before your visit.
All visitors can expect to have their bags searched upon entry to GISS. This may include having to answer questions about personal items, including any medication the visitor may be carrying.
Please contact John Barbara if you require further information.