Museum


Custom workstations streamline workflows and protect botanical specimens

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Oct 2018

Custom workstations streamline workflows and protect botanical specimens

Spacesaver specializes in understanding clients’ needs and creating custom solutions to improve efficiency and to promote collection preservation and access. For instance, the Morton Arboretum in suburban Chicago needed to create an optimal long-term preservation environment for a variety of botanical specimens, including fruit collections, seeds, and flowers. Botany cabinets were the obvious solution, but long-term storage was only part of the equation: the arboretum...

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Cold Storage Created for Museum

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Aug 2018

Cold Storage Created for Museum

Because cold storage is essential for the long-term preservation of film, animal pelts, and other items that tend to deteriorate quickly, a growing number of museums are installing freezers and coolers to create optimal storage conditions for their collections. And because cold storage is expensive storage, those museums are turning to Spacesaver to help maximize the amount of usable space in their coolers and freezers....

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Textiles Preserved at University Art Gallery

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Jul 2018

Textiles Preserved at University Art Gallery

Faculty and staff at the Memorial Art Gallery at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, wanted to create the best possible preservation environment for the gallery’s textile collection. Because the collection includes pieces of various sizes, from small needlework panels to large quilts, they needed a variety of collections care equipment to ensure that items would be preserved in optimal conditions. Cantilever textile...

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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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