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The Importance of Display Cases in Museums

Jul. 18, 2022

A museum display case (display case, showcase or glass case) is a cabinet with one or more clear glass (or usually clear acrylic) surfaces for displaying objects for viewing. Display cases may be found in museums, exhibitions, retail stores, restaurants, or houses. Typically, labels are included with the displayed objects, providing information such as descriptions or prices. In museums, objects on display are usually part of the museum's collection or part of a temporary exhibit.

 

The importance of display cases in museums

All display cases should provide a protective layer between the viewer and the artwork. Accidental or even intentional vandalism does sometimes occur, and it is important to protect artifacts without inhibiting the viewer's ability to see them.

 

Museum display cases must fulfill two different functions at the same time: to protect and preserve the objects they display, and to enable visitors to enjoy them. These glass display cases are ideally suited for use in art galleries and museums because of their outstanding strength and great security. Each art gallery display case is designed to fit your size and shape requirements and can include LED spotlights, downlights and many other features.

 

Low-oxygen(constant humidity) And Clean Showcase

Low-oxygen(Constant Humidity) And Clean Showcase

 

How fragile is the object you are displaying?

Provide your museum display case supplier with a complete profile of the object you plan to display, including size, weight, quantity, materials and condition. This information is critical for the cabinet designer to be able to accommodate the items on display and ensure that precautions are taken if the items are sensitive to light, vibration, contamination or other external factors.

 

The decorative surfaces inside cabinets are often made of fabrics that are based on the overall design of the unit, making it more attractive. These fabrics also provide a softer surface for display and may reduce damage to objects. The Arts Council of Great Britain states that fabrics that may be used to decorate display cases are suitable for use in their natural state and that the dyes and pigments used to color the fabrics may make them unsuitable.

 

Light-sensitive objects should be displayed safely, using UV filtered glass to ensure no exposure to harmful rays. Sunlight entering the building through unfiltered windows can contain up to 55% infrared energy (e.g. heat), which can increase the ambient temperature around and inside the collection, ultimately accelerating chemical reactions and stressing the objects on display.

Constant Humidity Showcase

Constant Humidity Showcase

To seal the deal and avoid dust, dustproofing is an optional addition that can be applied to most of our showcases. Rubber gaskets are used to seal the joints and provide excellent dust protection. Display cases with dust protection are equipped with side doors for easy access while ensuring that dust exposure is kept to a minimum.

 

How will the museum display case be assembled?

Knowing how big your case needs to be will let us know if it needs to be built on site, or if it can be fully assembled.

 

When specifying display cases, it is important to consider the size of the installation area, access requirements and any manual lifting and security aspects, especially if you intend to install the display case yourself. It is important to have a plan for unloading your goods and a suitable route to your installation location.

 

Always plan ahead for your cabinets

Planning an exhibit is never easy, and ensuring coordination between all parties involved is critical to getting the exhibit installed, up and running on time.

 

Allowing sufficient time to plan, design, fabricate and install your display system is critical when considering cost sign-offs, charity funding and many other factors associated with planning an exhibit.

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