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The Curie Museum is on the ground floor of the Curie Pavilion. This laboratory, erected a few streets away from the “shed” where the Curies discovered polonium and radium in 1898, was specially built for Marie Curie by the University of Paris and the Institut Pasteur between 1911 and 1914.
Here she pursued her work for nigh on twenty years, and here too her daughter and son-in-law Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie discovered artificial radioactivity, for which they received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935.
The Curie Museum is the guardian of this institutional heritage, a place of memories and a repository of the history of science. It has a permanent exhibition which retraces the history of radioactivity and its applications, notably in medicine, giving pride of place to the lives and work of Pierre and Marie Curie and of Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.
Throughout the time, the Curie Laboratory's archives and instruments have been conserved and classified. The collection of objects, documents and archives of Marie Curie, and of Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie, has been enriched, notably by successive donations by the family and also through the actions of Association Curie et Joliot-Curie.
The collection was further enhanced in 2002 by the addition of archives and documents stemming from the medical and biological activities of the former Pasteur Laboratory and of the Curie Foundation.