For nearly twenty years, the Musée Curie is a Mixt Unity of Service between the French National Centre of the Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Institut Curie. It preserves the last laboratory and office of Marie Curie, Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie at the Radium Institute and all the related archives.
The missions of the Musée Curie are triple:
- Preservation: collecting and conserving all that concerns the "5 Nobel Prizes family" (Curie and Joliot-Curie) and their collaborators, the history of radium, radioactivity, the Radium Institute, the Curie Foundation, and the first medical uses of radiations.
- Research: inventorying the collections and archives associated with the laboratory; elaborating tools to facilitate their access and studies, developing research on science history.
- Communication: exhibiting and spreading the collections to the largest possible public.