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222 rue de l'Université, 75343 Paris cedex 07, FRANCE
The Musée du Quai Branly opened in 2006 and is the newest of the major museums in Paris. Among other research bodies and collections, it houses the French Society of Ethnomusicology, founded in 1982, a centre of ethnomusicological research through its Laboratoire d'ethnomusicologie. The research team at the Laboratoire has created and organised a program of ethnomusicology teaching at the University of Paris Ouest - Nanterre from Licence through to doctoral level as well as a program of ethnomusicology offered at the University of Paris VIII - Saint Denis. The Museum holds a vast collection of some 10,000 instruments including traditional instruments from most areas of the world, housed in the six-level Musical Instrument Tower. There is also the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music of the World, founded in 1937 with over 7,000 hours of unpublished archival material of traditional music from all parts of the world, some 3,700 hours of published material, over 80,000 recordings on disc, some very rare, and a fine library of books on ethnomusicology. The collection is known as 'Sound Archives of the CNRS', CNRS being the 'Centre National de Recherche Scientifique'. It has equipment for sound and video recording traditional music in field work.