Museum


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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Free-Standing Pull-Out Art Racks: A clean, well-organized system that grows as collections expand

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Sep 2016

Free-Standing Pull-Out Art Racks: A clean, well-organized system that grows as collections expand

The art racks pictured above were recently installed at a southwestern Ohio university as part of a major construction project. The art collection had been previously stored on pallet racking, and the storage area was becoming overcrowded and difficult to use. In an effort to learn about the best storage solutions in use at modern museums, the gallery director toured other major art museums around...

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Innovative storage design creates learning space AND improves access to the Yale University Art Gallery

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Jul 2016

Innovative storage design creates learning space AND improves access to the Yale University Art Gallery

Before Spacesaver’s recent acquisition of Viking Metal Cabinet Company, the two firms collaborated closely at several prestigious institutions. One of their most innovative collaborations involved the creation of an immersive learning environment at the Wurtele Study Center at Yale University. As the oldest college art museum in the United States, the Yale University Art Gallery has been assembling a diverse collection, both in terms of origin...

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Announcing Viking Metal Cabinets

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Jun 2016

Announcing Viking Metal Cabinets

We’re excited to announce Spacesaver has expanded our museum storage lines with the acquisition of Viking Metal Cabinets. The acquisition enables us to serve as the one-stop-shop for the design, installation, and maintenance of metal museum cabinets, shelving, and compact storage systems. It unites our in-house engineering and design expertise, with Viking’s strong reputation for the manufacture of high-quality museum cabinets.   For you, this means...

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From Posters to Paintings: Art Storage Racks Safely Store Your Pieces.

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May 2016

From Posters to Paintings: Art Storage Racks Safely Store Your Pieces.

Before smart phones, digital cameras, and other various forms of artistic technology, art was (and still is) a way of physically preserving a snapshot of history.  Maintaining, categorizing, and preserving cultural pieces is an art form in itself, and with collections growing by the thousands every year, how can museums keep these precious pieces in their most ideal condition for years to come?  Once more, according...

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Museum Safely Stores 2 Million+ Specimens and Artifacts

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Apr 2016

Museum Safely Stores 2 Million+ Specimens and Artifacts

The Burke Museum in Seattle, WA houses a collection of natural history and cultural objects, estimated at approximately 2 million specimens including fossil vertebrates, fossil invertebrates, and plant fossils.  Viewing each individual fossil as data, their goal is to maintain artifacts and specimens for future use and preserve specimens in the best shape possible. Before, 4 separate rooms that were long and narrow divided the specimens and kept them segregated...

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