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Musée de la Cinémathèque

The Cinémathèque Française’s Musée de la Cinémathèque is Paris’ Cinema Museum, a must for all cinephiles.

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The Musée de la Cinémathèque, also known as Musée du Cinéma, is the museum of cinema history operated by the Cinémathèque Française. The whole centre is dedicated to the collection, preservation, restoration, and exhibition of moving pictures, including both films and artefacts that are considered pre-cinema.

The Bibliothèque du Film (Film Library) and the Musée Méliès are housed in the same building as the Cinémathèque Française.

Musée de la Cinémathèque in Paris
Author: Arthur Weidmann. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The entries to the Cinémathèque Française and the Musée Méliès are included in the Paris Museum Pass. The Pass lets you skip the queues at the entrance and get into the city’s most important museums for free, so we strongly recommend it. If you don’t have one already, you can buy your Paris Museum Pass here .

Aside from the thousands of restored films, the collections inside Musée de la Cinémathèque include more than 5,000 movie-related objects like cameras, posters, scripts, set pieces, photos, and even original costumes worn by actors.

The Cinémathèque - the organisation that operates the museum - and the museum itself - were relocated several times over the course of the years. This was sometimes to cater to the growing number of visitors, while other times it was needed for safety reasons.

Even though the Musée du Cinéma is located a bit far from the city centre, we recommend visiting it along with the other exhibitions held by the Cinémathèque Française to all cinéphiles.


Rue de Bercy 51, 12th arrondissement.

Tickets and price

Adult 18-25 years old Under 18
€10.00 €7.50 €5.00

Both the entry to the Cinémathèque Française and to the Musée Méliès are included in the Paris Museum Pass, which you can get here . The Pass gives you free access to all the most important sights in the city, and you don’t have to queue at the entrance, so we highly recommend buying it.


Mon, Wed - Fri
Tues, public holidays
Day Opening time Closure
Mon, Wed - Fri 12:00 pm 7:00 pm
Sat-Sun 11:00 am 8:00 pm
Tues, public holidays Closed


Method Métro Bus RER
Lines 6, 14 24, 64, 71, 215 A, D
Stops Bercy Bourgogne - Pays D’Auvergne - Paris Gare de Lyon

Nearby sights

Paris’ Musée du Cinéma is located southeast of the city centre, so it’s not as close to the main sights as other attractions. Here are the closest ones.

Parc de Bercy - just behind the Cinémathèque.

Musée des Arts Forains - 800 m (about 0.5 miles) southeast, a 10-minute walk.

Bois de Vincennes - 1.7 km (1 mile) southeast, 22-minute walk.

Jardin des Plantes - 2 km (a little over 1.2 miles) northwest, 25-minute walk.

Latin Quarter - 2 km (a little over 1.2 miles) northwest, 25-minute walk.

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