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“Nice little museum on a human scale”

German Film Museum (Deutsches Filmmuseum)
Ranked #11 of 440 things to do in Frankfurt
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A museum dedicated to film history and technology. The museum also hosts film screenings.
Reviewed December 6, 2013

This is a fun museum which tells a compelling story through exhibits about the development of film. It is well thought out, and nicely laid out. The museum does not take credit cards or out of country debit cards so cash only for tourists!

2  Thank l2teacher
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

A nice museum that's contained enough to keep a kid's attention. We just saw the main exhibit, which was spread over two floors. The first dealt with the earliest days of film, showing the very first gadgets and gizmos that showed moving pictures and also some early film reels. The second had memorabilia from modern cinema (not just German) and interactive bits allowing you to play with sound and images, which was fun. Much of the written/spoken content was in German (as you'd expect!! but just to note!) but most of the display was still accessible to anyone. Good for kids who like movies and clearly popular with them: a kids' party was underway while we were there. Nice cafe and a small shop.

2  Thank Catherine97
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Very interesting to visit not only to film enthusiasts but also to general public. A lot of displays can be touched and used to get a better understanding hoe it all works. I think, would be very entertaining to visit this museum with kids, although as a group of adults visiting this place we enjoyed it very much and had a lot of fun. Hopefully the Museum will continue to grow and bring more exhibits. Will definitely recommend it to people visiting Frankfurt.

Thank MiKo87
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

You wouldn't go to this museum all for itself, but if you are already in the area, it merits an hour.

Fist, a word about the area. Along the banks of the Main (pronounced MYN) river are several museums in a cluster, sort of like the Smithsonian but on a much more modest scale. The "big" museums are the History and the Staedel (Art, mostly old masters), but there are several others.

The Film Museum is in two parts. The first focuses on the history of mechanisms for recording and projecting still and motion pictures. The second includes film memorabilia; an amusing "green screen" that lets you put your live cam image into an alien landscape and watch yourself get eaten by a giant mantis, or undersea to pilot a submarine; and a very entertaining montage of famous movies.

Staff are pleasant and clearly enthused by the subject matter.

Thank MannyG2000
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

I am a film enthusiast and have made movies, and so wasn't expecting to be blown away, but this museum totally seduced me. Encyclopedic material is on display here, and this place teaches one more about the history of American cinema than any place in America can. If you want to learn about rotoscoping, you can learn it here. If you want to learn about the Lumiere Brothers, this is the place. It celebrates directors, genres and filmmaking techniques, I was entranced and spent most of an afternoon here, and felt cognitively saturated when I left. How such a museum evolved in Germany, and in Frankfurt of all places, is curious, but no doubt comprehensive curator work is on display here.

Thank karmaswimswami
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