is a museum dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Japanese Americans.

It houses a moving image archive, which contains over 100,000 feet (30,000 m) of 16 mm and 8 mm home movies of Japanese Americans from the 1920s to the 1950s.

It also contains artifacts, textiles, art, photographs, and oral histories of Japanese Americans.

The Japanese American National Museum of Los Angeles and the Academy Film Archive collaborate to care for and provide access to home movies that document the Japanese American experience.

Established in 1992, the JANM Collection at the Academy Film Archive currently contains over 250 home movies and continues to grow.

The idea for the museum was originally thought up by Bruce Kaji with help from other notable Japanese American people at the time.

When it first opened in 1992, the museum was housed in the 1925 historic Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple building and Irene Hirano served as its first executive director.

In 1993 the museum was given hundreds of artifacts and letters from children in internment camps which they had sent to San Diego librarian Clara Breed.

The material was featured in an exhibit, "Dear Miss Breed: Letters from camp" and became part of the museum's permanent collection. Watase Media Arts Center was established by Robert A. Ishizuka, to develop new ways to document, preserve and make known the experience of Americans of Japanese Ancestry.

In 1999, the Manabi and Sumi Hirasaki National Resource Center (HNRC) was established to provide access to the museum's information and resources, both at the facility and online, and documents both the life and culture of the Japanese Americans.