Museum of Cinema (Cinémathèque Française)

The Cinematheque Francaise houses one of the biggest film archives, film-related records and other items from all around the globe

Impressive design of the Cinémathèque Française
Impressive design of the Cinémathèque Française cc licensed photo by Meuh !

Cinematic experiences have captivated people for more than a century and continue to be just as, if not more, popular today as they were when cinema was first introduced with the screening of silent films. The Cinematheque Francaise is a Museum of Cinema situated in Paris. A visit to this city of love and lights would be incomplete without a stop at the Cinematheque Francaise in the 12th arrondissement.

The Cinematheque Francaise houses one of the biggest film archives, film-related records and other items from all around the globe. The Cinematheque Francaise was established before World War II and the entire film collection was almost lost when the German soldiers occupied France. Stealthy efforts had to be made in order to sneak the collection, bit by bit, into the unoccupied area of France where it would be safe from the German soldiers who were seeking out and destroying any movie or item of cinematics made prior to 1937.

After World War II, the Cinematheque Francaise was subsidized by the government and this funding allowed them to acquire some employees and a small premises from which to begin screenings of the collection. Daily screenings of movies from all over the world can still be seen at the Cinematheque Francaise. 1992 saw the amalgamation of the Cinematheque Francaise and the Bibliotheque du Film. This resulted in the one of the most comprehensive and extensive of all film libraries in existence today. The Cinematheque Francaise has also recently started preserving and repairing all the films in its archives to ensure the continued appreciation and recollection of cinematic history and classics.

There are quite a few amenities available at the Cinematheque Francaise and visitors can rest assured that a full and fun cultural day out awaits them. The film library, space scientists and image library, bookstore, restaurant, regularly updated exhibitions and screening room will keep even the most discerning of travellers happy and entertained.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes, however entry is free with the Paris Pass.

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM

Address: 51 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris, France

Phone: 01 71 19 33 33

Official Website: Museum of Cinema (Cinémathèque Française)

Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M6 or M14Bercy6 minutes

How to get to Museum of Cinema (Cinémathèque Française) by Metro / RER

By Metro: Take Metro Line 6 or 14 to Bercy Station. Exit and walk southwest to Rue de Bercy and follow it to your left (southeast). Cinémathèque Française is on the left just past the entrance to Parc de Bercy.

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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5

3 Star Rating I have been to Paris twice now, desperate to visit this museum. However, they fail to advertise their holiday closure, and yet again, I missed out on visiting! I know that it is closed most of summer, which is impractical. I would love to learn more about the Melies collection and the buildings architecture (Ghery) so I hope to revisit at some point again, when it is open. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Catherine Young - 2 days ago

4 Star Rating If you love movies (but they don't do blockbusters) this is a really nice place... You can even enjoy a good organic beer (but you'll have to buy something to eat alongside because they don't own the license to sell alcoholic drinks only) and take a nap in the park around the building

Christophe PFERTZEL - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating I loved the Musee--Hollywood has no sense of history and this is one of the best collections of movie material I have ever seen! From equipment (and costume) used by Melies and the Lumiere brothers through Film Noir, the museum shows you the history of film through equipment, costume, and film. There is a remarkable replica of the Metropolis Robot built by the man who made the original; storyboards from Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,; and a wonderful Charlie Chaplin caricature/autograph. I only wich I had had the time to go through their extensice film and publication ligrary! The Musee (and attached theater) is a short train ride from Paris and has a very nice little cafe attached. I recommend it highly.

Doug Murray - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Great place! I only went to the museum. Good information provided and amazing machines and historical registers

Claudio Gainle - 4 months ago

4 Star Rating Not very big, but it contents historical, cultural knowledge about film with cinemaic atmosphere. Upstair was another temporary exhibition which was Japanese film, I cannot fine the showreed list which was screening clips there. But it is a worth experience if you are a film lover.

Craft Animation Project CinemaCAP - 5 months ago

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