The Cinémathèque Française, which was founded to preserve, restore, and share French cinema heritage, now has its own museum, the Musée Méliès, right at the heart of the huge complex in Rue de Bercy. The first part of the museum experience pays tribute to Georges Méliès (1861-1938), a special effects pioneer and one of the most famous directors in history. The items on display include his camera, his magician's cape (he began his career as an illusionist), a model of his studio and a cast of a Selenite (the imaginary lunar inhabitants featured in the 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon). Essentially, the museum invites you to discover all the secrets that enabled this Lumière brothers contemporary to transport audiences around the globe into a world of fantasy.
After journeying back in time to the early days of the so-called seventh art, explore the rest of the museum, which features items from the great classics of modern cinema: the automaton from Hugo Cabret (kindly donated by Martin Scorsese), a life-size sculpture of the Alien from Jean-Pierre Jeunet's feature-length Alien, the Resurrection, a reproduction of a Spinner, the famous flying car from Blade Runner, the original story-board from the opening scene of the very first Star Wars film, and many more. With plenty of fun activities to introduce little ones to the world of cinema, the museum is sure to entertain cinephiles of every generation!
51 rue de Bercy
+33 (0)1 71 19 33 33