The Deutsche Kinemathek officially opened in February of 1963. Its founding director was Gerhard Lamprecht who, over the decades had meticulously put together an extensive collection of films, documents and equipment. The City State of Berlin acquired this collection and then handed it over to the new institution for its preservation and use.
The Museum of Film and Television Berlin is one of six film museums in Germany. It opened in 2000 as part of the Deutsche Kinemathek, the German Film Archive and Museum for Film and Television.