The National Museum of Play® at The Strong in Rochester, NY, houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of artifacts, documents and other materials that are devoted to the meaning and importance of play. The Strong needed to significantly improve the storage and safety of current museum artifacts as well as prepare for the indefinite growth of their collection with the option for further expansion.
The sheer number of objects in the collection made finding a suitable storage solution quite a challenge. Fortunately, The Strong applied for and received a grant to dramatically improve artifact storage for the nation’s largest collection of items of play. The process began with a focus on inventorying, re-housing and tagging existing museum objects in preparation for relocation to three new storage areas in the expanded building or relocation within existing storage spaces. Throughout the course of the project, more than 175,000 objects were inventoried and/or moved.
The final installation included aisle after aisle of high-density, manual assisted compact storage. The systems housed shelving, cabinets, trays, and drawers from Delta Designs. The museum-grade cabinets are ideal for the collections storage of dolls, while the drawers are perfect for storing fat artwork such as quilts and smaller objects like yo-yos. Additionally, an aisle of art rack systems was installed for storing historical paintings and signage.
Christopher Bensch, VP for Collections at The Strong’s National Museum of Play, said,“The new storage systems have allowed our team incredible flexibility as the museum’s collection grows. We never know the types of new objects we are going to be gifted. We could not be happier with the quality and space optimization of Spacesaver’s storage systems.”