Museum Showcase: Functional Cultural Relics Protection Technical Requirements

A museum showcase should be designed to display and protect valuable artifacts and artworks. These showcases must possess various technical features that ensure the safety and preservation of the exhibit. Characteristics of a high-quality museum showcase include:

· Climate control systems that regulate temperature and humidity levels.

· UV-resistant glass panels that protect against sunlight damage.

· Security measures that prevent unauthorized access.

· Adjustable shelving and lighting options for optimal viewing angles and illumination.

Some advanced museum showcase models may also have built-in sensors that monitor environmental conditions and alert museum staff of any changes requiring attention.


Ultimately, the technical features of museum display cases are crucial in maintaining the integrity and longevity of the items they contain.

The Materials Required for Museum Showcases

When constructing museum showcases, it is crucial to consider if the proposed materials and finishes are safe for physical contact with objects and chemically stable to avoid the risk of releasing pollutants. You should also ascertain whether all construction and display materials with exposed interiors are safe for the entire exhibition duration before beginning construction. These are the technical requirements you need to consider.


Vapor Barrier: There are several types of synthetic polymers commonly used as vapor barriers in museum showcases; these include polystyrene, polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate film, polymethyl methacrylate esters, and polycarbonate.


Seals: Ethoxy silicones are the most common material for seals in museum showcases. However, alternative sealants like neoprene gaskets, polyethylene foam, or book tape can also be used if you obtain approval before using such alternatives.


Decorative Surfaces: To ensure safety and prevent pollution, it is recommended to use water-based paints on surfaces inside display cases. It is best to avoid using oil-based paints as they release pollutants, and vinyl-type paints as they contain chlorides.


Varnish: When selecting the appropriate varnish for a project, it's essential to exercise caution and consider the potential risks associated with certain types. It's important to note that some varnishes may release harmful vapors during the drying process, which can be hazardous to preserving an exhibition if you don't use proper ventilation measures. Additionally, it's crucial to allow each coat of varnish to fully dry and seal before applying subsequent coats to ensure a uniform and durable finish. By taking these precautions, you can achieve a beautiful and long-lasting result while prioritizing the longevity of exhibitions.


Fabrics: Selecting suitable materials for museum showcases, there are several options available. These include cotton, flax, hemp, jute, linen, sisal, and silk. However, it is essential to note that certain dyes or pigments used to color these materials may not be suitable for dressing cases. As such, it is recommended that one exercise caution when selecting fabrics to ensure that they do not damage the vapor barrier of sheet aluminum or polyethylene terephthalate film.


To avoid any potential damage, fixing fabrics onto backboards using adhesives instead of stapling is advisable. This will help to ensure that the vapor barrier remains intact and provide a secure and durable attachment method for the fabrics. Whether you are designing a dressing case for personal use or commercial purposes, taking these precautions will help ensure that your finished product is of the highest quality and provides reliable protection for your belongings.


Lighting: The need to control light and heat emissions for conservation. Fibre optic lighting systems with the light source located remotely from the display volume can provide a means of in-case lighting without affecting the internal temperature. If a self-contained lightbox is specified on top of the case, use ultraviolet-filtered and neutral-density films on the diffusing surface between the light box and the display volume. With any light source, specify that heat from the light source is vented away from the case.


Humidity Management: It is possible to maintain a consistent humidity level in museum showcases; using either ArtSorb sheet silica gel or granular silica gel is recommended.

Initially, use 20 kilograms per cubic meter, but this can be reduced to 2.5 kilograms per cubic meter if the museum showcase becomes more airtight.

It's important to allow as much surface area as possible for the buffer material to be exposed in the direction of the display volume. It should be easy to replace these materials without disturbing the display. Avoid using positive pressurization as it can be disruptive to install, difficult to clean, costly to maintain, prone to breakdown, and has a relatively short lifespan. A well-constructed museum showcase that doesn't store environmentally sensitive materials should be able to handle daily climate changes without additional equipment, as long as the case is kept in ambient conditions that are comfortable for humans.


Using DG Display Showcase to Obtain Perfect Technical Requirements for Your Museum Showcase

DG Display Showcase works with clients to develop museum showcases to keep relics and historical artifacts in near-perfect condition, allowing them to remain undisturbed for years.

The company is committed to sourcing suitable materials and creating appropriate display cases to meet clients' needs.

To do this, we've implemented a process that enables us to understand the relics and the technical requirements to maintain such relics. 

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