All museums, regardless of size, resources, or theme, share one eternal challenge: space, or lack thereof. How do you display an ever-evolving collection of art and artifacts, and how do you securely store these objects for an indefinite amount of time, when space can be as priceless as the treasures themselves?
The folks at Rockford Art Museum in Illinois faced this very dilemma, and came to Bradford Systems for a solution. Keep reading to find out how we improved the museum’s vault without breaking the bank.
Long-Term Storage & Preservation
Speaking of vaults, one of the first steps Bradford Systems took was an assessment of Rockford’s secured area. Although works of art were protected while in static storage, limited space meant that individual pieces were often disturbed while accessing other items. Expanding the vault was not an option, so Bradford had to come up with another plan.
The answer? Spacesaver. Spacesaver high-density mobile storage solutions maximize the capacity of existing spaces. Fully customizable, these storage systems can be integrated into any existing floor plan, and feature modular shelves and racks for organizing a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and weights. For Rockford Art Museum, the addition of a flexible Spacesaver system meant that delicate works of art could be secured between exhibitions.
Art is so much more than paint. Rockford Art Museum features a vast collection of sculptures and works that don’t fit in a frame. Due to the museum’s fluid exhibition schedules, Bradford Systems integrated collection-specific cabinets and shelving into our redesign plan. These specialized storage solutions offer a wide range of precise features, tailored to the individual needs of a facility. From security concerns, to lighting, temperature, and humidity, our collection-specific museum storage protects valuable items on display and behind the scenes.
A Leader in Museum Storage Applications
We are proud of our partnership with Rockford Art Museum, and our work there speaks for itself. In fact, Bradford Systems has a long and successful history with famed cultural institutions across the Midwest. See how we helped Chicago’s Field Museum tame its wild collection of dinosaur bones, mummies, and more – some 2.2 million objects in all!
Museums both large and small encounter the same space challenges. Contact us today, and let Bradford Systems show you how our adaptable museum storage solutions can maximize the space you already have, so you can focus on showcasing your works of art instead of finding room for it all.