La Cinémathèque française

51 rue de Bercy - 75012 Paris

Gare de Lyon - Bercy - 12e Arrondissement


Housed in a resolutely modern building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Cinémathèque Française is entirely devoted to cinema. It continues to convey a passion for cinema through its many resources and activities, notably the Musée Méliès, exhibitions, screenings, meetings and talks, library, and a bookshop. Georges Méliès is known throughout the world as one of the first great cinema geniuses. Matin Scorsese pays a touching tribute to him with his film 'Hugo', and the image of the rocket in the eye of the Man in the Moon is now engraved on everyone's memory. The museum invites visitors to explore the life and work of this extraordinary character, and to embark on a magical journey through the history of cinema, where magic, wonder and science fiction combine, from the first films with special effects to more recent ones.

Architectural style

  • Contemporain


  • Affiches
  • Appareils
  • Bibliothèque
  • Cinéma
  • Costumes
  • Curiosités
  • Dessins
  • Films
  • Iconographie
  • Lettres autographes
  • Lithographies
  • Magie
  • Manuscrits
  • Maquettes
  • Objets d'art
  • Optique
  • Photographie
  • Publicité
  • Vidéo

Epoque des collections

  • Mouvement (XXe)
  • Contemporain (XXe - XXIe)


Bercy gardens

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Membre du Paris Museum Pass

Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Gift shop
  • Bookshop
  • Member of the Paris Museum Pass
  • Loan of pram
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wifi
  • Cloakroom

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French sign language

Documentation in a foreign language

  • English

Educational activities

Guided tours of the exhibition and museum, practical workshops


The restaurant, 'Les 400 coups' is open everyday (except Tuesday) from 11am to 7pm (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 10pm). Terrace. Large picnic table. Brunch on Sundays. Tel. : + 33 (0) 1 43 44 18 72 - email : -

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

Permanent collections: €10 / €7.50 (concessions) / €5 (under 18s). Temporary exhibitions: price variable.

Group tour

Exhibition guided tour and Museum, €150 for a group until 15 people, €10 per additional person Group limited to 30 people Duration: 1h30

Free for young people and children

Under 6s.

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
  • Chèque Vacances

Other methods of payment: Espèces, chèque

Closing times


Exceptional closure

Annual closure in August.

Opening times

Louis de Funès exhibition (from 2 September 2020 to August 1, 2021): Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12pm-7pm; Saturday, 11am-10pm; Sunday, 11am-8pm. During school holidays: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, 10am-8pm; Saturday, 10am-10pm.

Exceptional opening

  • Easter
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • 8 May
  • Whitsuntide
  • Whit Monday
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 November
  • 11 November

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La Cinémathèque française

51 rue de Bercy
75012 Paris

  • Subway - Bercy
  • RER - Gare de Lyon
  • SNCF - Gare de Lyon
  • Bus - 24, 64, 71, 77, 87, 215
  • By car: A4, exit Pont de Bercy Vélib' station nearby.

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Hearing Hearing
  • Mental Mental
  • Physical Physical
  • Visual Visual

Access facilities

  • Adapted activities and visits
  • Reduced rates for disabled visitors on presentation of proof
  • Reduced rates for the accompanying person
  • Priority admission

Accessibility information

Motor disability:
- The Cinémathèque is accessible to wheelchair users. The movie theatres have reserved spaces.
Visual impairment:
- Sound signals.
- Floor guidance strips.
- Tactile maps.
- Multi-sensory terminals.
- Audio guides with contrasted keypads available at the entrance to the museum.
Hearing impairment:
- Guided tours of temporary exhibitions in French Sign Language
- On the Cinémathèque website, each film projection mentions the version of the film shown (subtitled films, silent films).
- On the 1st Friday of each month at 8.30pm there is a film screening with subtitles.
- The Henri Langlois film projection room is equipped with a magnetic loop.
- Guided tours of the museum in French Sign Language are organized.
- In addition to foreign films with subtitles, the video library offers films with special subtitles for deaf people, and for people with hearing impairments.
- It also has DVDs with audio-description.
Contact: / +33 (0)1 71 19 33 33 (from 12 noon to 7pm, every day except Tuesday).

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Museum in the same district: Gare de Lyon - Bercy

Museum in the same arrondissement: 12th arrondissement

Museum in Paris and in the Paris Region: Museum

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