Museums can be about anything from art and cultural to various histories. A museum space is somewhere where rare, expensive and important items are kept where people can view them, but they cannot be touched. It is time to look at how to design a museum and what needs to be considered throughout the journey.
If you are showing artifacts and relics from history, then you will see a good amount of people turning up to witness the memorabilia up close and personal. So it is highly recommend to make sure your exhibition walls are up to a certain standard to meet your museum display and those who view it.
Types of exhibitions to host at a museum space
A core exhibition is planned as the main structure of the museum space. You will need an attractive approach that is not old fashioned and will not tire out the visitor.
Temporary exhibitions are where there are no rules to follow with the overall storyline and policy. The visitors get to see something new within a certain time frame. Innovative and contemporary materials must be used along with presentation systems.
A travelling exhibition is where you get to see certain content around different areas. This is more flexible so it can fit into different museum spaces and designs. This allows for easy erection, mounting, maintenance and the dismounting to.
You need to ensure your museum space is able to accommodate people with disabilities. If the normal way of entry does not allow for wheelchairs or has large steps unsuitable for the elderly, then you need to change the point of entry. If you are in a historical building you won’t be allowed to make alterations to accommodate people, so this leaves you with changing the entry point to somewhere more suited for the disabled, and elderly. If allowed you can put up a temporary ramp for wheel chair and elderly access but you will need to ensure you have permission for this that includes insurance if something goes wrong. You can hire wheelchair lifts, but these are costly and can cause frustration as they take awhile to load up and down which means you may run into frustrated visitors that want a quick entry.
Creating a museum space is one creative experience. There is no set rules in which you have to follow but there are certain tips that can help you soar and avoid failing. Designing a space means there are diverse agendas and many different stakeholders. You need to have a strong vision and be able to cope with pitfalls when it comes to creating a museum space. It can be tempting to add many different design elements into the space in order to try and please everyone. You cannot please everyone and having too many design elements in one space is a bad thing. It is time to realise that while you may only interest one type of audience you need to focus on that and make them soar rather than spending time and money on trying to please the other bunch as well.
Certain things need to be created with a target audience in mind but exhibition spaces are merely for everyone to enjoy and those who don’t, don’t. When it comes to designing a museum space you need the expert opinion of an architect and an interior designer to whip up a design that will last, is functional, different to the eye so it pulls people in and certainly be efficient when it comes to running costs.