DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum

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Attention: Temporarily closed!

The Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt am Main has undergone complete structural redevelopment until spring 2011 and received a new permanent exhibition. 25 years after it first opened, the film institution’s interior has been redesigned; the public display areas grew by 30 % to a total of 1.900 square metres.

Fassade des neuen Filmmuseums bei Nacht Foto: Uwe Dettmar / Quelle: Deutsches FilminstitutDeutsches Filmmuseum © Uwe Dettmar

How does a film work? Answers to questions on the "illusion of movement" and the "illusion of reality" are provided by the permanent exhibition of the first film museum worldwide: the prehistory and history of film and cinema, artistic and technical aspects of this fascinating medium of the 20th century are presented to museumgoers on two floors. Mysterious equipment such as Zoetrop and kinetoscope are waiting for the pictures on or in them to be set in motion. Film history, film aesthetics and film technology are brought vividly to life. Four to five special exhibitions are staged throughout the year. Here the Film Museum depicts the development of German film history, individual stars, directors and genres as well as film architecture, costumes, stills and much more.

 Filmraum im Teil “Filmisches Erzählen” der Dauerausstellung des Deutschen Filmmuseums; Foto: Uwe Dettmar / Quelle: Deutsches Filminstitut

The cinema is the Museum's heart. Its program ranges from retrospectives, documentary and avant garde films with piano accompaniment, via directors, actors and actresses, country portraits through to film premieres and film festivals. The German Film Museum also manages an archive of film equipment, photos, posters, texts and music, many collections on directors of the new German film, estates with objects and documents as well as a comprehensive film library.

Museum Shop
  • DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum

    In addition to the shop in the foyer, which offers selected articles specific to the current exhibitions, the museum also operates a well-stocked Online-Shop (site is German only).

Meals and Drinks
  • Café of the Deutsches Filmmuseum

    The café of the Deutsches Filmmuseum serves savoury snacks, cake and pastries and stays open until the start of the last scheduled film showing.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Closed Mondays


DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum e.V.
Schaumainkai (Museumsufer) 41
60596 Frankfurt am Main
Phone +49 (0) 69 961220220
Fax +49 (0) 69 961220999