French Film Library

Cinémathèque française

51 Rue de Bercy, Paris, 75012
Admission: EUR 5
Wheelchair Access
Late Opening

Opening Times

Monday: 1200 - 1900
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 1200 - 1900
Thursday: 1200 - 1900
Friday: 1200 - 1900
Saturday: 1200 - 1900
Sunday: 1000 - 2000
Closed on December 25, January 1 and May 1. Free entrance on sunday 10-13h.
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Tube : Bercy (6,14)

This museum explores the history and the prehistory of cinema. "How was the cinema invented? What were the first movies like? How did we go from "magic lantern to Hollywood?".

By visiting this museum you'll discover the answers to these questions together through the observation of wonderful optical instruments, outstanding costumes, film posters and unique set decoration drawings, as well as many movie extracts.

Among these numerous artifacts you will be able to see the expressionist sketches of the Cabinet du Docteur Caligari, the famous robot from Metropolis, the cape Melies wore in Trip to the Moon, or even the clockwork mechanism of Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times machine.

Temporary exhibitions complete the visit often dedicated to emblematic directors or actors and actresses.

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Past exhibitions at French Film Library - now closed:
François Truffaut 8th Oct 2014 - 1st Feb 2015
Martin Scorsese 14th Oct 2015 - 14th Feb 2016