Museum and Biodiversity Center Naturalis in Leiden chose drawers from Bruynzeel for its LiveScience room. A room on the ground floor that is accessible free of charge, where the public can see scientists from Naturalis at work and have a conversation with them.
LiveScience shows a (small) part of Naturalis’s immense permanent collection of 42 million objects. From butterflies to beetles, from shells to snails, from loose bones to complete skeletons. Normally, the collection is safely stored in the museum’s twenty-storey depot tower. Visitors can browse part of the collection in LiveScience – thanks to the Bruynzeel drawer system. In the drawers, 256 glass-covered wooden “etiquette drawers” from Naturalis with museum objects have been placed in a precisely fitting manner.
The Bruynzeel drawers are tailor-made, so that they can hold exactly two Naturalis etiquette drawers measuring 40 by 40 centimeters. There are also double-height drawers for the deeper etiquette drawers with, for example, larger animal bones. The system has a total of 128 drawers. “I thought it would take a few weeks for it to be installed, but a Bruynzeel team had it installed within a few days.”
Marianne Fokkens, Project leader exhibitions Naturalis
The protection of the collection is important to Naturalis, because some parts are very vulnerable. That is why dampers have been fitted so that the drawers do not receive too much shocks when opening and closing. The heavy-duty, yet smooth-running drawers are also sturdy enough to carry children who lean on them easily.