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National Museum of African American History and Culture Hosts Home Movie Day 2017

Invites Public To Bring Home Movies to the Museum for Inspection, Preservation and Screening

October 13, 2017

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will host Home Movie Day 2017 Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Families are invited to bring their home movies for inspection, get advice on preservation of their movies and watch a home movie screening inside the museum’s Oprah Winfrey Theater. 

Home Movie Day 2017 is a program partnership with the DC Public Library. The theme this year is “America on the Move: Road Trips, Travel, and Family,” and it highlights films that specifically document vacations, road trips, and family travel adventures. However, the museum encourages the public to bring all home movies.

Families with home movies on inaccessible or obsolete film and video formats can have them inspected by professional media conservators and screened for the public in the museum’s Family History Center. The museum will also feature a collection of its own home-movie highlights in the Oprah Winfrey Theater from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is required.

Founded in 2002 by the Center for Home Movies, Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually at many local venues worldwide. It enables families to share personal cultural snapshots with their community and to see their neighbors’ in turn. Families also learn how best to care for their personal memories.  

Films and videotapes must contain only the participant’s own original material or material for which he or she has full permission to show to the public at Home Move Day; not violate any person’s privacy or other rights; and not contain expletives or violence, pornography or blatantly sexually explicit content, or other content that is off-topic. Organizers reserve the expressed right to limit duration of screened film and videotape content and to refuse screening of film and videotape content deemed inappropriate.

About the National Museum of African American History and Culture               

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened Sept. 24, 2016, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument, the nearly 400,000-square-foot museum is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. For more information about the museum, visit, follow @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat—or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000.

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