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The museum of the Film Archive comprises a small jewel in the history of Greek cinema. The rare exhibits found here include: a collection of the first movie cameras and projectors as well as a complete range of early equipment and objects used in  the production and editing of sound and image. There is also an exhibition of “pre-cinema” projection devices, such as: zoetropes, kinetoscopes, praxinoscopes, magic lanterns and others.

The Museum traces its beginnings to 1990 and the ground floor of the Deligiorgi Mansion, where the Greek Film Archive is housed.  Here was displayed a collection of exhibits - both graphic and mechanical – which contributed to the birth of the motion picture. The exhibits are divided into 4 categories:

I. The first category concerns the prehistory of Cinema where, through drawings, the play of shadows, rock paintings of many-footed animals, games involving the movement of flame etc. are reproduced.

II. In the second category, there is a collection of original mechanical devices used from the 17th to the end of the 18th century for the reproduction of movement. The exhibits of this series include zoetropes, magic lanterns, phenakistoscopes, gyroscopes, etc.

III. The third category includes the “persistence of vision – and its applications”: namely:  photography, beams of light and photographic lenses, film and its properties and the first production of the Lumière brothers.

IV. Finally, the fourth category, which is the richest exhibit in terms of artifacts, includes movie cameras and projectors from 1910 up 1970, developers, printers, recording devices, montage tables and a wide range of tools used in different phases of the craft.

The future of the Museum
The Museum will be moving to the privately-owned spaces of the Film Archive in Iera Odos, where several of its activities are already located.
The space provided for the Museum will be specially designed and large enough so that the visitor, in just one visit, can learn all about the birth and development of  cinematography. The arrangement of the spaces and exhibits can accommodate many visitors, who will be able to see the exhibits up close and, through certain inter-active exhibits, to experiment themselves.