Milwaukee Art Museum Improves Efficiency With Mobile Storage System

As the Quadracci Pavilion was constructed, the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) also expanded and renovated its existing permanent galleries and reorganized its permanent collection. MAM conservator Jim DeYoung said Spacesaver’s mobile storage systems played a key role in the museum’s construction process and significantly enhances the institution’s ability to add to its collections.

“We’ve worked with Spacesaver since the 1980s for our storage needs for our print and sculpture collections,” DeYoung said. “However, since the Quadracci Pavilion expansion project began, major gifts of collections in 19th and 20th century prints, photography, folk art, and paintings ranging from Renoir to O’Keeffe have placed a greater demand on existing storage spaces. We are meeting these demands with additional high-density storage systems.”

During construction, a new print study room was created, utilizing an older Spacesaver mechanical assist mobile system and a new system of flat files and shelving to house the growing collections of lithographs, silk screen prints and etchings. Another mobile system was carefully placed under a staircase to house large decorative objects, while another system was added to store small objects.

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