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The Opera Library-Museum is located inside the Opéra Garnier and has its origins in the Opera’s library and archives created in 1866 and in the museum opened to public in 1881. Today the management is separate from the Opera itself and is under the gestion National Library since 1935.
The Opera Library holds major resources about the architecture of the Palais Garnier, set sketches, costumes, programmes, jewels… and archives concerning the shows performed by the Académie de Musique et de Danse over the last three centuries.
The modern museum has five rooms which display three centuries of the Paris Opera's history through paintings, costumes, drawings of scenery, and scale models of set designs.
Visitors are also able to see shelves of books and scores, which are protected by grilles. These materials include 15,000 scores and 30,000 librettos and are accessible to the public on days when the museum is not open for tours. The museum's collections are too extensive to be displayed all at one time, as they consist of approximately 8,500 objects, including 2,500 models of sets, 500 set design drawings, and 3,000 pieces of costume jewelry.
The Library-Museum has organized more than 25 exhibitions since 1992, in collaboration with the National Library and others. Some of the items in the collection have also been displayed at the Musée d'Orsay.