La Cinémathèque française
In the heart of Bercy Park, across the Seine from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France François-Mitterrand, the Cinémathèque Française chronicles the history of film, from its earliest beginnings up to recent releases. Highlights include French and Soviet avant-garde films, the first talkies, and movements like German Expressionism, or French New Wave. The postmodern façade of the building flaunts round, undulating shapes that architect Frank Gehry described as the “dancer lifting her tutu.”
One of the oldest collections of its kind, the museum holds a treasure trove of props, costumes and early film technology, the best of which are on display; including ornate, 18th-century “magic lanterns,” or image projectors, “zograscopes” for making flat images look multi-dimensional, the earliest camera models, posters, photographs, manuscripts and more. The painstaking work of pioneers in film collection, this treasure trove is constantly being renewed with gems like the mummified head from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” or Vivien Leigh’s dress from “Gone with the Wind.”
TOP TIP: the museum admission ticket is included in the Paris Region Pass.
Before leaving treat yourself with a movie session
Major retrospectives on filmmakers are presented during temporary exhibitions. And every week the Cinémathèque holds several screenings. Classics, short or avant-garde films – there’s something for everyone!
Access and contact
Metro Bercy - Lines 6 and 14
Bus: lines 24, 64, 87
By car: A4, Pont de Bercy exit
Car park: 77, rue de Bercy (Hôtel Ibis Style) or 8, boulevard de Bercy
Days and opening hours
Every day throughout the year. Closed on Tuesday. - Screenings and conferences: monday to sunday
- Musée de la cinémathèque : monday to sunday from 12:00 to 19:00
- Film and video library and reading room: monday, wednesday to friday from 10am to 7pm, saturday from 1pm to 6.30pm. Closed tuesday, saturday, sunday and public holidays Iconothèque (by appointment) : monday, wednesday, thursday friday : 13h-17h.
- Bookshop: Monday to Sunday from 12h00 to 19h00. Wednesday to Sunday from 12h to 20h30 Nocturne Thursday until 22h (only during exhibition period).
Tickets: from 12pm.
Canceled or closed because of Covid-19.
- Adult: 5 € (Musée de la Cinémathèque and Donor gallery) Child (17 years): 2.50 € (Musée de la Cinémathèque and Donor gallery).
Group rate available for > 15 people.
Cinema : Full price: €6,5 Reduced rate: €5,5 18 years : €4
Meetings, conferences : Full price: €4 Reduced rate: €3
Subscriptions : Package 6 places : €30 Cinéfamille Card : €12 Free Pass : €11,9/month.
Guided tour languages
Documentation languages (home)
Bulletin board languages
Single mean time tour90 mins
- Hearing disability
- Visual disability
- Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs
- Magnetic loop available at the reception
- Reception staff trained in the French Sign Language
- Phone with big keys
- Multi-sensory demarcations
- Sound beacons - Indicator strips on the ground - Tactile maps