For our local museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, that means 450,000 pieces of their collection are distilled down to 13,500 visible artifacts at any given moment.
Where does the other 90-98% of the collection go? In order to continue to accept the pieces that will reinforce their mission, curators and museum directors create storage space wherever they can—either maximizing on-site storage past capacity, or investing the time and money to maintain off-site storage facilities.
The space experts at Donnegan have worked with art museums, historical museums, halls of fame, and other cultural entities across the New England area to design compact, organized gallery storage shelving solutions. Smart storage makes it possible to preserve current collections—and to continue to acquire artifacts central to a museum’s mission.
How are museums making space for their collections? It’s not necessarily through additions or major renovations—it’s through rethinking the storage and accessibility of their collections with a combination of solutions:
By eliminating aisle space and compacting art racks that are able to move back and forth allows for museums to double their artwork storage collection in the same footprint.
The right sturdy shelving can offer the needed security to protect the integrity of your collections. We work with you to determine the right solution for your application.
With large collections of artwork, art racks instantly double your storage space. It holds artwork on both sides and can be integrated with mobile functions as well.
Custom storage cabinets provide protection through controlled environments that help maintain a constant level of humidity and temperature.
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Museums around the world are taking notice of the fact that experiences are becoming increasingly personalized. As a result, more of them are looking to create a more one-on-one experience for potential museumgoers—by opening up parts of their collections that aren’t usually accessible to the public.
From visible storage displays to behind-the-scenes tours of collections long unseen, curators and museum directors are learning that organized, accessible storage solutions are the basis for allowing them to make these changes. Archival-quality storage cabinets create a secure solution for rare archives, and can easily be mounted on high-density compact mobile shelving for maximum storage density. The high-density concept can also be applied to mobile art racks.
In addition to providing you the gallery storage shelving solution your museum needs, we can make if 100% customized to fit your needs. Contact one of our storage experts for a free space assessment.