Rendez-vous at the Cinémathèque française (French Museum of Cinema) in Paris

  • The Cinémathèque française

    The Cinémathèque française

    © OTCP/Daniel Thierry/Architect: Frank Gehry

  • A display at the Cinémathèque

    A display at the Cinémathèque

    © OTCP/Amélie Dupont

  • A display at the Cinémathèque

    A display at the Cinémathèque

    © OTCP/Amélie Dupont

Rendez-vous at the Cinémathèque française (French Museum of Cinema) in Paris Rue de Bercy 75012 Paris-12E-Arrondissement fr

The French Museum of Cinema invites you to discover the history of film on a global scale. The wonderful building housing the Cinémathèque was designed by the architect Frank Gehry.

Discover throughout this museum, its library, and its projection rooms, everything you’ve always wanted to know about the film industry!

Impressive Collections of Objects and Cameras used in Film History

Experience the displays which play with light, colours and specific object placement, and also showcase a stunning collection of famous props that were used in film production. For example, the terrifying yet notorious skull from the film Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock is one of the many things that can be seen here!

This museum presents one of the most prestigious collections of film cameras in the world, displaying over 4000 cameras spanning from the 18th century to today. Learn about the old animation devices such as the phenakistoscope, and how its illustrated discs were used to create “moving pictures”.

Movie Extracts from Famous Directors

If posters, costumes and other fascinating film items complete the collections, this exhibition is also animated by extracts from famous films throughout history. Clips from directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Fritz Lang and Luis Buñuel are intermittently shown on the projection screens and walls of various rooms around the museum.

Exhibitions, Library and Screenings

The French Museum of Cinema still has so much more to offer. Visit the temporary exhibitions hosted here, which are often dedicated to renowned directors such as Martin Scorsese, Jean Cocteau and Tim Burton.

Film screenings are held daily in specific screen rooms, allowing you to watch famous movies just like at a cinema. Last but not least, discover more about the film industry and cinema by visiting the library with its extensive book collection.

Address

Cinémathèque française 
51 Rue de Bercy
75012 Paris 

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