Musee de la Cinematheque Museum in Paris
Located in a modern building at the Parc de Bercy, within the Cinematheque, this museum in Paris is the ultimate and world famous cinema museum that has seen millions of visitors since it first opened in the 1990s.
About the Musee de la Cinematheque Museum
The Musee de la Cinematheque is the Museum of Cinema located within the Bercy area of Paris by the Parc de Bercy and is housed within the ultra modern building that was originally called the American Cultural Centre, which was designed by the architect Frank O Gehry, yet is now called La Cinematheque Francaise.
The museum of cinema was originally housed at the Palais de Chaillot, which is located by the Trocadero Gardens with fabulous views to the Eiffel Tower, and only moved to its current location in 2005, where it has been able to expand further.
There are now three different exhibition spaces and the same mission is continuing with being able to accumulate, restore and display the rich history of cinema, and linked with the Cinematheque Francaise, there is a dedicated area for researchers, students and those that just want to learn more about film and how this technology has progressed from the beginning.
Here you will be able to discover more about the birth of cinema within the USA, England and France, learn about Eadweard Muybridge and the galloping horse, the kinetoscope of Thomas Edison, the birth of 35mm film, discover more about the films with sound and then colour in the cinema etc.
In fact, there are many old instruments like a venetian peep box and optical toys on display, along with costumes from the stars of cinema, magic lanterns, Lumiere cinematography, a 35mm Edison film plus much, much more.
You will be able to find out answers to many questions you may have had, such as how cinema really started or what the first movies were really like, and also discover posters along with many artefacts such as the robot from Metropolis.
The Musee de la Cinematheque has an enchanting atmosphere with a unique interior by the architect and designer Massimo Quendolo, who has worked with other institutions in Paris such as the Cite de la Musique located at the Parc de la Villette and the most famous museum in the world, The Louvre.
And within his design Massimo Quendolo utilised materials such as wood for porticos, metal and glass for prisms and black glass shelves to enhance the exhibits like those of some of the first optical systems.
But with this magic of the permanent exhibitions, there are also temporary exhibitions, as well, such as one for Tim Burton held in 2012, that attracted many thousands of visitors and long queues, so do be prepared.
Access to Musee de la Cinematheque Museum in Paris
You will be pleased to know that there are audio guides available at reception completely free of charge in French, English, Spanish, German and Italian, but if you have the time, you can always download the mp3 files to your phone prior to your visiting the museum.
For those of you that are deaf, yet know French sign language, there are LSF guided museum visits, however, we would like to point out that these are not available to those that have hearing or in any other sign language.
The cost of admission to the permanent collections of the Musee de la Cinematheque is €5 as of 2013, but half price for children under the age of 12, yet you can gain free entry to this museum in Paris on a Sunday morning between 10am and 1pm, however there is an additional cost for temporary exhibitions.
The Musee de la Cinematheque Museum is open on a Monday and Wednesday through to Saturday from midday to 7pm, and on a Sunday from 10am through to 8pm, however, it is always closed on a Tuesday and on French National holidays such as 1st May.
But there are also the odd occasions where on a certain day there may be a one off closure such as on Wednesday, 6th March 2013, so it is worth checking prior to turning up and being disappointed.
Now when it comes to getting to Bercy, the Parc de Bercy with its attractions such as the Musee des Arts Forains and the Maison de Jardinage and of course the Cinematheque Francaise, this is very straight forward via Metro. The nearest station is called Bercy on lines 6 and 14, and is only a short walk to the Museum of Cinema, plus there are buses numbered 24, 64 and 87 that will get you here.
However, if you are feeling a little more energetic, then you can always take a walk along the River Seine, admiring the barges and bridges along the way, and from the Gare de Nord train station in Paris, it is an approximate 20 to 30 minute walk.
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Address and Contact Details
Musee de la Cinematheque
La Cinematheque Francaise
51 Rue de Bercy
Ile de France
Tel: +33 (0) 1 71 19 33 33
Tourist attractions close by
- Parc de Bercy Park
- Bercy Village
- History of Bercy in Paris
- Jardin Yitzhak Rabin
- The Pavillons de Bercy
- Musee des Arts Forains Fairground Museums
- Maison du Jardinage House of Gardening
- Agence Parisienne du Climat
- Chai 33 Restaurant
- Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy Stadium POPB
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