Resource center


Access by appointment only.

Entrance from the back of the building
5, avenue Dutuit
75008 Paris

Phone: +33 1 53 43 40 00

Monday to Friday
From 9:30 to 12:30 am and from 2:00 to 5:00 pm
An Idendity Card or a passport must be provided to the reception in exchange for a visitor badge

Requesting an appointment

The museum Resource Centre has a 14-seat reading room and researchers are welcome by appointment.

Its holdings fall into several categories :
- Scientific documentation consisting of records of works, artists and donors,
- A computerised and digitised inventory of the collections,
- Scientific archives relating to exhibitions staged since the museum opened,
- A library boasting approximately 25,000 works and periodicals.

The Resource Centre has been housed in the Dutuit library since the Petit Palais reopened in 2005.

The Dutuit library

In 1912, at the request of the conservator Henry Lapauze, the architect of the Petit Palais, Charles Girault, made plans to convert the building’s attic space into a display area for antiquities as well as drawings and prints from the Dutuit collection. Work began in 1914. The walls and ceiling were decorated by the interior decorator Hector d’Espouy. The intertwined letter Ds on the green walls pay tribute to the collectors and donors, Eugène and Auguste Dutuit. 
The library was only opened to the public for a few years.

City of Paris municipal collection's website

City of Paris municipal collection's website

The collections portal can be used to search the collections of Paris’s 14 municipal museums (approximately 336,000 works, including 43,000 belonging to the Petit Palais).

It is also possible to download around 12,000 images of the museum’s works free of charge.

Access the Museums of the City of Paris collections portal
Autre base documentaire

Extern databases

Discover a selection of databases online presenting works from the Petit Palais or documents concerning the history of the museum.