Museum


A county museum improves its preservation environment

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Jun 2018

A county museum improves its preservation environment

A county museum in suburban Chicago had been storing its collections in retrofitted agricultural buildings. When the museum had the opportunity to move to a renovated office building in a nearby city, staff made the most of their chance to design a collections area that would protect the collections for generations to come, while also optimizing the space. Spacesaver provided everything the museum needed:  ...

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Protecting and preserving flags, quilts, and other textiles

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May 2018

Protecting and preserving flags, quilts, and other textiles

Spacesaver’s museum-quality textile roll storage racks provide compact storage for rolled items, including flags, quilts, tapestries, and other textiles. The racks are available in single-faced or double-faced configurations and can be directly attached to the floor, a wall, or a carriage-and-rail system. Both museums pictured here installed adjoining textile racks to accommodate items that were longer than the width of an individual rack (widths can...

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Wheeled Cabinets Designed for a Teaching Museum

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Mar 2018

Wheeled Cabinets Designed for a Teaching Museum

Historic St. Mary’s City, located in southern Maryland, is charged with collecting, preserving, and interpreting the state’s original settlement site and first state capital. The institution is also home to the longest-running field school in historical archaeology in the United States. When the museum had the opportunity to design and construct a new building, the curator called on Spacesaver to help design storage solutions for...

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Custom Cabinets Created for Meteorite Collection

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Jan 2018

Custom Cabinets Created for Meteorite Collection

The Arizona State University Center for Meteorite Studies is home to the world’s largest university-based meteorite collection. It houses more than 10,000 individual specimens, and the collection is actively used for geological, planetary, and space science research at ASU and throughout the world. The Center’s move to a new building in 2012 created an unprecedented opportunity to expand and upgrade the collection’s storage solutions. The...

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Hagley Museum & Library: Lab Conversion

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Nov 2017

Hagley Museum & Library: Lab Conversion

Located in Wilmington Delaware, Hagley Museum and Library  is a historic site devoted to the preservation of historic documents.  As mentioned on their website, "The collections include individuals' papers and companies' records ranging from eighteenth-century merchants to modern telecommunications and illustrate the impact of the business system on society." When Hagley desired storage in their lab space (devoted to restoring a variety of precious historic documents),...

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Illuminated Museum Cabinets: Protecting collections while promoting visibility

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Nov 2017

Illuminated Museum Cabinets: Protecting collections while promoting visibility

Museum staff often face a difficult challenge: they are obligated to provide the best possible storage conditions for the collections entrusted to their care, but they also want the public to be able to see and appreciate collections. The concept of “visible storage” is gaining in popularity as museum professionals attempt to strike a balance between preservation and accessibility, and Spacesaver’s sealed museum cabinets are...

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Manage Risk in Museum Storage

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Sep 2017

Manage Risk in Museum Storage

Your mission is to preserve and protect the objects entrusted to your care, and our mission is to help. We support institutions of all sizes in their efforts to manage risk, boost community engagement, optimize space, and stretch limited budgets.  While the risk of storing precious items can be high, below we have outlined 3 risks and ways to manage them through thoughtful storage design:...

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Preserving a Community’s Seafaring Heritage: Spacesaver Helps Museum Create Room to Grow

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Jul 2017

Preserving a Community’s Seafaring Heritage: Spacesaver Helps Museum Create Room to Grow

By preserving and displaying historic boats, documents, memorabilia, and other artifacts, the the Columbia River Maritime Museum acts as a repository for knowledge about the entire Columbia River watershed, as well as the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest and the communities that have been shaped by these environments. The museum was founded in 1962, and twenty years later a large building was constructed to...

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60% Increase in Storage Space Created for Naval Undersea Museum

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Jul 2017

60% Increase in Storage Space Created for Naval Undersea Museum

The Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Washington is home to a collection of torpedoes, some weighing upwards of 6,000 pounds. The collection includes many types of torpedoes ranging from modern Mk 48 and Mk 50s to torpedo tubes from the USS Tecumseh, and even Howell Torpedoes, which were the first self-propelled torpedoes designed by the U.S. in 1870, along with a slew of smaller items....

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Store Specimens Securely with Entomology Cabinets

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Dec 2016

Store Specimens Securely with Entomology Cabinets

More than 12.5 million specimens comprise the Field Museum’s entomology collection. When the Division of Insects decided to relocate and consolidate the collection in a new space, the planning team sought a storage solution that would protect the specimens while allowing easy access for staff and researchers. Viking and Spacesaver collaborated to create a system that would store specimens securely while still allowing enough space...

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