Library & Archives


The Library & Archives is open to visitors by appointment only. Please contact us at least 24 hours in advance. Research and class visits are available by advance appointment, Monday through Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and Friday 10am to 5pm. Contact us as far in advance as possible to schedule:
(216) 515-1956

2018 Closures:

February 13
May 28
July 4
September 3
November 22-23
December 24-25

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Home Movie Day


Home Movie Day

WHEN: Saturday, October 20th 2p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Foster Theater (Level 4) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland OH

PRICE: This event is FREE with a reservation. To RSVP, visit

MORE INFO: Come view a compilation film of rock performance footage assembled from local home video and film donations on Saturday, October 20, from 2:00 to 4:00pm in the Museum’s Foster Theatre! Clips will include the Dead Boys, the Beatles at Public Auditorium, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Richfield Coliseum, the World Series of Rock, and much more! Some of the film and video donors will be on hand to share their behind-the-scenes stories about the bands and performances featured.

Home Movie Day is an internationally-celebrated event that emphasizes the importance of the preservation of home videos and films. Just like the documents, photographs and costumes the Rock Hall collects, home movies serve as historical, social and personal documentation of communities, neighborhoods and individuals. The videos and films donated to the Rock Hall for this Home Movie Day event not only document the stories of the Northeast Ohio music community, but they also make for a rocking good time! We hope to see you there!

Attendees will receive a limited edition Home Movie Day poster by Cincinnati poster artist Brian Methe. Methe’s work was recently featured in the online underground/pop culture publication Consequence of Sound.

Home Movie Day has been made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio History Fund and through the support of Videodub International.

On Exhibit


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Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball is an interactive exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum showcasing rock-themed, playable pinball machines combined with historic merchandise and artifacts to explore the artistic portrayal of artists and bands.

Rock and roll and pinball have a lot in common. Loud, colorful and rebellious, it was inevitable that the two would combine to celebrate rock’s icons. Inside the Museum exhibit you'll find machines featuring icons such as KISS, Guns 'n' Roses, Alice Cooper, Dolly Parton, The Who, Elton John and more. All the machines on display are playable by visitors. For more information, see

The portion of this exhibit featured at the Library & Archives is entitled The Collectible & Quirky and features some of the quirkier artist-related merchanding objects from the collection. Like rock & roll itself, the merchandise created to celebrate its artists takes many forms, with products that are innovative, flamboyant and at times, weird. Since its beginnings, the rock merchandising machine has artistically immortalized superstars on collectible trading cards, comic books, postage stamps, and picture discs; and rock musicians have even licensed their images for use on dolls, masks, coffins and beyond.

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