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What to Consider When Determining the Size of Your Museum’s Storage Area

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Determining the size of a museum’s storage area is a very complex task. To start, you must first review the museum’s current collections. Another thing to consider is the number of collections that will be stored in the museum at any given moment. Long-term exhibitions, traveling exhibitions, and loans to other institutions will all factor into the size of your museum’s storage area. Most importantly, you need to estimate the expected growth of your collections. Ensuring there is enough space in your museum for both current and future collections is essential. 

Why Construction Isn’t the Right Answer to Increase Museum Storage Space

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One way to give your museum room for current collections while planning for future growth is to construct more area than you actually need at the moment. The problem with this method is the high cost. Many times adequate funding isn’t available for constructing the storage area you need right now for collections, making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to raise money for something that will happen in the undetermined future. And this scenario doesn’t account for existing museums that already have a set storage area that cannot be added to.

Use Mobile Compact Storage Systems for Current & Future Collection Storage

mobile compaction storage systems for museum collectionsWhether it’s planned new construction or you’ve run out of storage capacity within your existing storage area, the best solution is to use mobile compaction storage systems. The mobile compaction storage systems eliminate most of the aisles that are required in a conventional storage system. The mobile compaction storage system works by moving rows of shelving, racks, or cabinets along tracks to compact together. The rows move to open up an aisle, wherever you may need it.

This type of storage system will allow you to greatly expand your collections storage capacity within an existing space. In fact, the use of a mobile compaction storage system will increase the collection storage capacity by approximately 50%. And in many cases you can completely avoid the need to construct an addition storage area in your museum. Click here to learn more about high density mobile shelving.

Contact Us for Help Storing Your Museum’s Collection

Southwest Solutions Group® offers numerous storage products including mobile compaction storage systems to museums looking to plan for current and future growth. To learn more and speak with a specialist, give us a call at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message.


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