Museum dedicated to the history of cinema where it is possible to view the extraordinary collection by Tomàs Mallol i Deulofeu, a true archaeologist of the seventh art. The permanent exhibition has numerous ancient utensils related to the origin of cinema.
This museum was inspired by Tomàs Mallol i Deulofeu’s (Sant Pere Pescador, 1923) passion for film. He gathered amateur cinema devices to create one of the most internationally recognised subject collections, acquired by the Girona Town Council in 1994.
Mallol’s search began in earnest in the seventies, oriented toward what he called cinema archaeology. This was a time in which science, technology, ingenuity and various coincidences came together at the same moment to bring life to audiovisual devices, making them more efficient, with higher motion fidelity and realism.
The more than 15,000 documents in the collection explain all the events that have taken place in five hundred years of images, from shadow plays to the Lumière brothers’ film camera, in an extensive journey through the history of moving images.
Of note among the museum collection are the magic lanterns, mirrors and the anamorphosis, the Lumière movie projector, the cameras, projectors and a collection of graphic objects (posters and photographs) that make up the emotional history of cinema.
There are also some temporary displays on aspects of cinema and short series of film screenings, in addition to the permanent exhibition.
The museum provides visitors with spaces, didactic resources and a team of experienced and highly-trained educators, as well as an educational activities programme and a consultation, information and training centre on the history of visual shows.