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 VisitFee: Yes, however entry is free with the Paris Pass.
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
- Thursday: 12:00 – 7:00 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)
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M6 or M14||Bercy||6 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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Ratedout of 5
Informative and eccentric collection in the museum. Be sure to ask for the audio guide.
Lincoln Kaye - 3 days ago
Fascinating collection of artifacts and memorabilia. Especially great to see the "robot" from Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Good free audio guide in English although this did not cover the special collection upstairs - otherwise I would have rated 5*
Paul Little - 16 days ago
A small museum with a lot of interesting early cinema items (up to the 30's) not too much after that. Of note is the "mother's head" from Psycho.
Kristof Van Laer - 1 month ago
It's a beautiful museum if you're interested in cinema or if you'd like to know something about the origin!
Susy Moreschi - 2 months ago
The church of Cinema, where it all began for moi et 1968 Film Group. One of best place's in Paris to see films, in one of the best buildings built for cinema. Excellent exhibitions also.
Peter Bromley - 4 months ago