Smithsonian Channel Screenings

Showing a Smithsonian Channel program is an easy way to bring the Smithsonian to your neighborhood. As part of a Smithsonian Affiliation, Affiliate organizations have access to the Channel’s award-winning programming on popular topics such as air and space, history, science, nature and pop culture.

Affiliates can request a program to complement an exhibition, to be a stand-alone event, or to celebrate a heritage month.* It’s a great way to highlight the Affiliate partnership with the Smithsonian. *Screening rules and restrictions apply. This benefit is for current Smithsonian Affiliates only. If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate, contact us.

The process is easy:

  1. Browse new and upcoming titles
  2. Fill out the Screening Request Form
    Please allow 8 weeks advance notice for approval.
  3. Publicize the screening and program only after receiving written approval and a license from the Smithsonian Channel.

If you are interested in screening a Smithsonian Channel program or have additional questions, please contact Elizabeth Bugbee, (202) 633-5304; BugbeeE@si.edu

Smithsonian Channel Screening FAQs

How much does it cost to screen a Smithsonian Channel program?

There is no cost to a current Smithsonian Affiliate for screening a Smithsonian Channel program.

Can my organization charge a fee for visitors to see the Smithsonian Channel program?

No. The Affiliate organization may not charge an additional fee for screening Smithsonian Channel content. The screening may be included as part of regular admission, but it cannot be a separate charge.

How many times can we show the Smithsonian Channel program?

Smithsonian Affiliates can screen the program as many times as they’d like within the dates outlined in the approved license agreement. For dates outside of the original approved license, the Affiliate must submit a new request.

Do we need to return the DVD once the screening is over?

DVDs do not have to be returned once the screening is over. The Affiliate should destroy the DVDs unless they plan to request additional screening dates. If requesting new dates, a new form must be submitted for a new license to be approved.

Is the DVD closed captioned?

Closed captioning must be requested in advance, preferably when submitting the original form. It is not automatically included in the DVD. If requested, the captioning cannot be disabled during the screening.

Are there any promotional materials to help spread the word about the screening?

The Smithsonian Channel will provide marketing materials once the signed license agreements have been submitted. Any and all promotional material must be reviewed by the Channel before printing, publishing, posting, etc. Please allow 3 business days for materials to be approved. Affiliates should send drafts to their National Outreach Manager or Elizabeth Bugbee for approval.

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Featured this month

The Day We Walked On The Moon
Rated TVPG-V; approximate run-time is 45 minutes; free for Smithsonian Affiliates.

Get ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with Smithsonian Channel on July 20, 2019! This documentary marks the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the lunar surface with interviews from key figures in Mission Control, contemporary astronauts, and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. Click here for details

Please note, Smithsonian Channel will not process screening requests from June 3-August 19, 2019 to accommodate the nationwide screening of The Day We Walked On The Moon.