Lodz

[closed] Museum of Cinematography

  Pl. Zwycięstwa 1 ,   No District          (+48) 42 203 22 36     28 Aug 2019

Please note, the museum is currently closed and undergoing renovation until December 2019. The cinema and educational areas, however, are still open. Check their site for the latest info!

Opened in 1986 inside Karol Scheibler’s extraordinary 19th-century palace, the Cinematography Museum offers visitors two unique attractions in one. The museum itself offers a well-presented history of Polish cinema and takes plenty of hats off to the multitude of Polish film greats who studied in the city before going on to greater things, as well as numerous changing exhibitions. This is the only museum of its kind in Poland, and though badly signposted (don’t be surprised to find yourself directed to blind alleys or opening secret doors to reveal private offices), it represents a rewarding experience for fans of Polish cinema. The collection features over 50,000 items including over 12,000 film posters, art exhibits and projectors and camera equipment of every kind. Standouts include the recently renovated Fotoplastikon - a giant drum-like contraption popular in the early 20th century for showing 3D films, and the excellent exhibit devoted to animated photography featuring plenty of vintage stop-motion characters and accompanying clips. The newest exhibit in the permanent collection is called "Palace Full of Fairy Tales" and is devoted to the heroes of Polish cult cartoon shorts and features (Moomins, Reksio).

The palace itself is a dream, featuring room upon room of delights, including the city’s first electric lift, some beautiful tiled stoves, a Turkish smoking room and many other treats besides. Built in 1856 to serve as residence for industrialist fat cat Karol Scheibler the palace contains interiors designed in Venice, Berlin and Dresden, including ceramic tiled stoves and dramatic oak panelling. Even if film is not your scene, this place deserves visiting just to see how the other half once lived. They offer guided tours in English and Polish for 80zł.

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Open 11:00-18:00. Closed Mon, Tue 10:00-17:00, Wed, Fri 09:00-16:00.

Price/Additional Info

Admission 10/7zł. Tue free for permanent exhibits.

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