The Center for Research and Restoration of Museums of France is one of the most knowledgeable centers in the world in the use of scientific techniques on art works. They have an incomparable information and involvement of the current state-of-the-art in the practical capture of 3D data from various types of artefact.
This center was inaugurated in 1998 by an arrêté (administrative decision) issued by Catherine Trautmann, the then Minister of Culture and Communications, which was gazetted in the Journal Officiel on December 30. It was formed by reunion of the two other research bodies, the Laboratoire de recherche des musées de France (LRMF, Research Laboratory of the Museums of France) and the Service de restauration des musées de France (SRMF, Restoration Service of the Museums of France) and it is planned in 4 departments. Today the center is associated to the CNRS with the label UMR-171.
More than 174,000 paintings and 34,000 objects have been individually studied since the early 1930s, or restored by the C2RMF, and its prototype organizations LRMF and SRMF. It is also involved in development of technologies and scientific procedures employed in the preservation of art works and artefacts, both on its own and in partnership with other museums and research institutions across the globe.