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“The history of film as a medium”

Film Museum (Museu del Cinema)
Ranked #11 of 84 things to do in Girona
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“The history of film as a medium”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

If you are expecting mini bios of film stars or an intellectual discussion on Werner Hertzog, forget it! This museum is about the history of how film was made ( that is the technical side and not the arty side). It is the product of a collector who's hobby got a bit out of hand and instead of his wife consigning him to a shed in the garden, they made a building into a museum for his truly astonishing collection of "stuff". There are probably thousands of items on display from projectors to toys to magic lanterns. There is a pleasing short introductory film to get you in the mood and then three floors of delights to explore. There is a lot of information to absorb but the broad outline of what happened when ( over the last two centuries) and why is clearly set out and helpful. The displays are interspersed with interactive devices and also short films. There was a family with two young children going around at the same time as us and the kids were clearly amused and interested which given the relatively dry nature of the subject matter says a lot for the quality of the displays. There are posters, photos and costumes on display and also a reference library on the first floor. The majority of the exhibits have explanatory notes in English. This is an unusual museum with some great exhibits and a reminder of how transformative the nature of film has been to modern society. The entrance fee is easily justified.

Visited July 2014
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Ancona, Italy
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“Astonishingly interesting”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Far, far more interesting than I'd expected, especially on the pre-history of cinema, and what it grew from. If you only have time to see one thing in Girona, this has to be it.

Visited May 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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“Helpful English translations throughout”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Went in here following the reviews on tripadvisor. There is a 3 minute film presentation in English before your tour begins over 3 floors. It is not only cinema, but all moving pictures, shadow figures, magic lanterns etc together with still photography. well worth the 5 euro entry fee.

Visited May 2014
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Athens, Greece
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“From shadows to cinema”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

A really nice trip to the history of cinema. From the use of shadows to entertain even in pre-historic years, to the cinema as we know it today. Some interactive opportunities (optical illusions). By paying the ticket, you get 50% off to the tickets of all other Girona's museum for six months!

Visited January 2014
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England
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“Superb little museum”
Reviewed 19 December 2013

This museum completely surpassed our expectations. It's shocking how packed and thorough their collection is. It's a fascinating trip through the history of cinema and film making. Would 100% recommend.

Visited October 2013
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