Visible Storage Solved at Daytona Museum of Arts and Science
Museums often only display 10% of their total collections, leaving the rest to be tucked away in storage. A new trend in the museum industry is the idea of visual storage; giving patrons access to collections they would not normally have access to. When the Daytona Museum of Arts and Science received a generous donation, they were challenged to add a wing dedicated to visible storage. With the objective to display as much as possible of their Napoleonic Age collection, the museum curators and architects had to find a way to make the new space smart. During the design process, they worked with their local Spacesaver representative to find what museum storage solutions would work best.
The design concept called for entirely black shelving and the use of Plexiglas to incorporate spotlights to make the collection pop. In order to stay within budget, existing art storage racks were painted black. For weapons displays (rifles, knives and swords), Plexiglas was mounted to cantilever shelving frames and mounting holes were drilled into the Plexiglas. Small statues and collectables were showcased on 4-post glass shelving with spotlights. And finally, larger objects such as ornate sofas and chairs were displayed on pallet racking. When challenged by this new wing, Spacesaver’s museum storage solutions were used innovatively for this visible storage wing. At the time of the installation, Daytona Museum of Arts and Science was only one of five museums to feature visible storage.