National Center for Scientific Research
Campus Gérard-Mégie
3 rue Michel-Ange - F-75794 Paris cedex 16, France

The Center for Research on Preservation (known by its French initials, CRC) is a research and services unit that falls under the joint umbrella of the CNRS (France’s national scientific research council), the French National Museum of Natural History, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France (C2RMF). It specializes in research aiming at the preservation of cultural property. The unit comprises some fifty scientists – chemists, physicists, biologists, art historians and science and technology historians – working in three different locations.


CRC ‐ Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation, a research unit devoted to the conservation of cultural heritage composed of 3 teams: CRCC‐Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation des Collections, at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, LRMH‐Laboratoire de Recherche des Monuments Historiques, hosted at the Chateau of Champs‐sur‐Marne and the research and conservation team of the Musée de la Musique, at the Cité de la Musique in Paris

Palais du Louvre – Porte des Lions, 14, quai François Mitterrand, 75001 Paris, France

C2RMF is the center for research and restoration of french museums, part of the ministry of Culture. The center is in charge of analysis and restoration of art works for all the museums in France. It has a research, a restoration, a documentation and a preventive conservation department.  The C2RMF has imaging facilities (scientific photography in UV and IR, radiography and X tomography, surface 3D equipment) and also has chemical and nuclear analysis. The restoration department has extensive knowledge about restoring painting, objects, archaeology and art history.