Create the storage your collection deserves

Check our Museum Storage Solutions

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Museum aan de stroom open depot
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Picture racking for safe storage of artworks

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Glass display cabinets to preserve and protect valuable items

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Public area maximises access to collection

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‘Buffer zone’ divides public area from collections archive

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Double decker mobile storage system provides 400% increase in capacity

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Glass-topped drawers created specifically for a collection’s needs

Bruynzeel Storage Systems has many years of international experience in providing museum storage solutions for the world’s leading institutions. We supply shelving, artefact storage, textile storage, small object storage and warehouse storage that is perfectly tailored to meet the demands of modern museums, art galleries and collections.

Notable clients include Museum aan de Stroom (pictured), British MuseumMusée SoulagesRijksmuseum and The Bowes Museum.

Total solution

Bruynzeel offers a wide product range that is perfect for museum storage, with a tailored solution for every type of object.

Worldwide

Bruynzeel storage solutions are used in museum warehouses around the world, with specialists working in each local area. Using our combined knowledge base and years of experience, we will create a storage system that is right for you.

Optimal Conservation

Our storage solutions can provide protection from light, dust, dirt, vibration and emissions.

Case Study

How Bruynzeel provided museum storage solutions for Musée Paul-Dupuy and Musée George Labit, Toulouse

Bruynzeel interviewed Françoise Collanges, assistant curator at the Paul-Dupuy and George Labit museums in 2010, about how the two museums worked with Bruynzeel to create a modern, efficient storage system in an existing building.

“The special feature of the collections at the Paul Dupuy and George Labit museums is that they contain objects of every possible kind and almost every type of material imaginable in a museum collection.

“The difficulty was therefore to identify various means of optimising the limited space available within the building and to ensure that the chosen storage solutions were specially adapted to the various types of collections within the museum.

“The solution proposed by Bruynzeel recommended the use of double decker mobile shelving as this would enable us to achieve a significant amount of storage in what is in fact a very small area of floor space.

“The collections consist of objects which we are able to store flat on basic shelves, in addition to collections of textiles that require storage in drawers or on fabric rolls. We have framed artworks which required picture racking, and so on.

“All these various types of mountings and methods of packaging had to be integrated into the shelving system we chose.

“The main restriction for this installation was that the storage system was to be installed within an existing building that provided limited floor space, so optimising the installation was absolutely essential.

“The Bruynzeel system actually fulfils this requirement very well as the previous installation in place provided us with almost no scope for expansion whatsoever.

“The benefit of our new Bruynzeel system is that it is electronically driven, and therefore allows us to manage high shelving units, which reach a height of almost 6 metres, with ease. Using an electronically driven system also increases the stability of the shelves themselves, and helps to protect the collections when they are being moved. The shelves actually vibrate very little while the racks are in motion, which is a significant benefit in the case of certain fragile objects stored in the collection. Also, operation by means of an electronic controller could allow us to manage access to the shelving units, by means of an key card system.

“Another of the technical solutions that we found attractive and has been incorporated into our installation fulfils my own personal wish to maximise the climate balance within the shelving units themselves. In view of the fact that the building is air-conditioned, this installation is consciously designed not to be airtight. Bruynzeel has succeeded in providing us with a solution that incorporates perforated sheets within the units to prevent the accumulation of stale air pockets and microclimates in the repository.

“There is a significant difference between the level of security required in the exhibition gallery and the level of security in the repository. The security level in the gallery takes into account the risk of theft and the risk to members of the public in the event of fire. In the repositories, however, we are in the realm of storage and are therefore able to have open storage where the objects are not behind glass.

“Our storage solutions vary greatly according to the type of objects we wish to store and the main challenge lies in establishing a good balance between standardisation and installations with special features that enable us to store and preserve each individual object in the most appropriate manner. This requirement has to be weighed against achieving solutions that remain flexible and can be adapted over time.

“It is crucially important to seek out new methods of storage and preservation and it is during the course of that process that discussion with a system supplier is essential in order to identify the solutions that are most suitable and correspond most closely to your requirements.”

“All these various types of mountings and methods of packaging had to be integrated into the shelving system we chose.

“The main restriction for this installation was that the storage system was to be installed within an existing building that provided limited floor space, so optimising the installation was absolutely essential.

“The Bruynzeel system actually fulfils this requirement very well as the previous installation in place provided us with almost no scope for expansion whatsoever.

“The benefit of our new Bruynzeel system is that it is electronically driven, and therefore allows us to manage high shelving units, which reach a height of almost 6 metres, with ease. Using an electronically driven system also increases the stability of the shelves themselves, and helps to protect the collections when they are being moved. The shelves actually vibrate very little while the racks are in motion, which is a significant benefit in the case of certain fragile objects stored in the collection. Also, operation by means of an electronic controller could allow us to manage access to the shelving units, by means of an key card system.

“Another of the technical solutions that we found attractive and has been incorporated into our installation fulfils my own personal wish to maximise the climate balance within the shelving units themselves. In view of the fact that the building is air-conditioned, this installation is consciously designed not to be airtight. Bruynzeel has succeeded in providing us with a solution that incorporates perforated sheets within the units to prevent the accumulation of stale air pockets and microclimates in the repository.

“There is a significant difference between the level of security required in the exhibition gallery and the level of security in the repository. The security level in the gallery takes into account the risk of theft and the risk to members of the public in the event of fire. In the repositories, however, we are in the realm of storage and are therefore able to have open storage where the objects are not behind glass.

“Our storage solutions vary greatly according to the type of objects we wish to store and the main challenge lies in establishing a good balance between standardisation and installations with special features that enable us to store and preserve each individual object in the most appropriate manner. This requirement has to be weighed against achieving solutions that remain flexible and can be adapted over time.

“It is crucially important to seek out new methods of storage and preservation and it is during the course of that process that discussion with a system supplier is essential in order to identify the solutions that are most suitable and correspond most closely to your requirements.”