"Viva Varda!" exhibition at the Cinémathèque Française "Viva Varda!" exhibition at the Cinémathèque Française

"Viva Varda!" exhibition at the Cinémathèque Française


The Cinémathèque Française

The Méliès Museum

The Méliès Museum

Access to the Méliès Museum
Access to the permanent spaces of the Cinémathèque Française
Access to the temporary exhibition of the moment

The Cinémathèque Française will be closed from the evening of Sunday 30 July and will reopen on Wednesday 30 August 2023.


Top secret : cinéma et espionnage

Top secret : cinéma et espionnage

What to expect

The Cinémathèque Française is a veritable temple dedicated to the seventh art, offering an unforgettable experience to film lovers the world over.

Nestling in the Bercy district of Paris, the Cinémathèque Française boasts an impressive collection of films, ranging from timeless classics to the most avant-garde contemporary works. Thousands of carefully preserved reels bear witness to the creative genius of legendary directors such as François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnès Varda and many others.

The temporary exhibitions are carefully designed to offer an in-depth look at the evolution of cinema through the ages and across cultures. Let yourself be carried away into breathtaking visual worlds through original film props and filming secrets that have left their mark on the history of cinema.

The Cinémathèque Française is not just a museum, it's also a unique projection space. The cinemas are equipped with the most advanced technology, giving you an incomparable cinematic experience. You can enjoy retrospectives dedicated to emblematic filmmakers, attend special screenings of carefully restored films and even take part in debates and lectures on the art of filmmaking.

Film workshops are organised for younger children, allowing them to discover the rudiments of filmmaking and express their creativity through the art of cinema. Adults can also take part in cinema and film analysis courses run by passionate experts.

The Cinémathèque Française is the place to be for all film buffs and the curious who want to delve into the history and art of the seventh art.

Good to know

Visits to the Cinémathèque Française are free for children under the age of 6.

A game show "Le secret de Barbenfouillis " is available at reception for an extra €2 (on site only). For children aged 7 and over.

Visits to the Musée Méliès are free at night for 18-25 year olds on the 2nd Thursday of the month until 9pm (booking required, information on the Cinémathèque website).

Visits to the Musée Méliès are free every first Sunday of the month without prior booking.


Weekdays (except Tuesdays): 12pm-7pm
Weekends: 11am-8pm
School vacations and public holidays: 10am-8pm

Special opening hours :

  • 24 December from 10am to 5pm
  • 31 December from 10am to 8pm
  • January 1st from 12am to 8pm

Closed on 25 December and 1 May.

Customer Reviews

5/51 review

Annie C.
Rêves de Méliès
March 19th 2023
Très belle découverte. A faire rêver


51 Rue de Bercy
75012 Paris
Parking lot
Lyon-Diderot, 12 Rue de Bercy - 75012 Paris
Bercy - Relais Mercure, 12 Rue de Bercy - 75012 Paris
Public transportation
24Gare De Bercy - Popb

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