The Institute for Museum Research was established in the year 1979. The Institute is a national organization which will provide services to museums in the Federal Republic of Germany in the areas of research, application-oriented teaching and documentation. It is founded as a department of the Berlin State Museums, which were overseen by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Regional museums were assisted by the institute in the German states. The Center for Provenance Research is operated by the institute which is tasked with the identification and proper return of looted art from the Nazi period. In the Institute for Museum Research, research projects are carried out in cooperation with experts from relevant scientific disciplines in social sciences, education and natural sciences. The entire range of museum-related subjects are covered by the national research and documentation activities of the Institute for Museum Research in Berlin such as museum management, museum education, didactics, usage of new media in museums, museum and the law, museums statistics, visitor research and evaluation projects, European projects, museum documentation, museum security and museum work- technical aspects, Within these topics, research projects on various subjects are organized and the related results of the work are published. The Institute for Museum Research undertakes its own research and disseminates findings of research undertaken by other bodies. The museum statistics work includes an annual survey of all German museums. The Institute for Museum Research is a public institution. It is the only institutes which works for all of the German museums. Museums are supported by The Center for Provenance Research and Investigation. It also supports libraries, archives and other publicly run institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany in the various processes in the identification of cultural artifacts in their collections which were looted from their lawful owners during the Nazi period. The Center for Provenance Research and Investigation was established in the year 2007 as the direct result of findings issued by the working group on matters of restitution set up by the Minister of State for culture. The Center for Provenance Research and Investigation works closely with Koordinierungsstelle fur Kulturgutverluste in publishing its findings and in search for the lawful owners of art works. The aim of The Center for Provenance Research and Investigation is to further ongoing ties between those individuals and institutions active in the fiels of provenance research and to encourage the sharing of information and research knowledge. The German Federal Givernment announced the reformation of the Koordinierungsstelle’s in Oct-2014 in to a new foundation called the Deutsches Zentrum Kulturgutverluste which will put the Lost Art Database, the Taskforce of the Munich artworks discovery and the research center for Degenerate Art of the Free University of Berlin under one roof.