When the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City, remodeled to add a planetarium and other visitor spaces, it needed to relocate several mammalogy specimen storage areas. It utilized mobile shelving systems to fit all of its collection into existing storage rooms.
The mammalogy collection occupied the third floor, primarily housing large land mammal bones, and the lower level, where mainly whale bones were stored. When the department was required to vacate the third floor, collections management staff had to determine a way to safely preserve both collections in the lower level.
“When we went to using compact storage we began using our space more efficiently and actually gained storage space despite the fact that we actually lost a lot of floor space,” explained Darrin Lunde, collections manager, Department of Mammalogy. “The remodel actually gave us the opportunity to design a purpose-built facility specifically to house whale bones and skins. From a conservation standpoint, the mobile system keeps items organized and out of harm’s way.”
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