Displaying museum items

When people talk about a museum, basic knowledge of it being grand, orderly, and entertaining sums up your expectations. It features history, culture, artwork, and man’s evolution together with his inventions and discoveries.

But while you expect that museums operate flawlessly, they are not exempted in facing challenges. One of them is how to display museum items and products properly so that they serve their purpose of giving out information, representing cultural heritage, and explaining the historical timeline of how things were invented.

Below is a guideline of how to display museum items efficiently but let’s understand first what are these items per se.

What is being displayed in the first place?

Each museum is usually committed to a specific speciality. There are science museums, art museums, the museum for artefacts, and many more. And they often have some sort of an exhibit.

Transcending from what’s traditional, a special museum for kids had emerged in which engaging activities for the kids, enhancing hands-on experiences, are put up. Learning through dynamism was the main purpose rather than stationary influence from the usual arrangement in museums.

Nonetheless, here’s how to display museum items.

Plan ahead.

Invite that clean slate as an opportunity to what you could impart to your

visitors. Always, planning smoothens the rough edges of your thoughts. Start by knowing what theme you want to focus on to saturate the art that you would want to be displayed. Is it a dinosaur museum? Museum for cars? Are you a local museum featuring what your town is known for?

From there, gauge how much art you have in hand and if you have plans to expand. Assess the space that will be holding your vision then start applying the following suggestions:

Museum statueUtilize the space you have in line with your collection.

How many floors will your museum have? Do you own a huge bone or fossil collection for your dinosaur museum? Are you showcasing the evolution of cars? Will your town collection be involving ancient ways of irrigating their fields? Remember that space creates an impact. So maximizing its potential will not only attract visitors but it will be the talk of the town if sustained of its good reputation.

Allow variety in featuring your collection.

The most important way of engaging museum spectators with your display is to tell a story about them. If your collection allows you to put together a little tour within the museum, by all means, do that. Put up display windows and stands in metal or steel on a chronological order. Back up your displays of livelihood tools with video clips from how they used it before. Allow them to feel displays through replicas.

Wax museums embrace themes and cater more to tourists. When they put together art pieces, they make it photograph-friendly in which you could act like you’re engaged to the artwork because that’s what it’s committed to doing, emphasize on how it exactly looks like the real thing.

Put your items on an eye level.

It could be a great experience for the visitors to feel stimulated visually at the least expected moments like climbing up the stairs, walking through halls, and while waiting for their friends outside the museum.

There are interior designers that you could collaborate with to make an art featured or hanging on the wall with a description. Some descriptions of relics are more appreciated if it is written in a neat profile, with a simple font, in readable font size.


Just like how a writer composes a copy, and a song composer to complete the lyrics to match a melody, compose your art into the museum. Make the people walk into a see-through glass floor and add a miniature top view of the local skyline below to maximize your space. Show the ritual of the Polynesian islands in a hut with a built-in heating effect from their ‘umu’ or the man-made oven. Or put the evolution of Asian kimonos where, in the last part, people could dress up into one and take a photo with a backdraft of the sakura.

This may also be applied if you have a China set collection, traditional tattoo tools, and the ancient artefacts used by the stone-aged men.


Treat your display as to how you would want a story told and expressed to your visitors. They must be labelled properly and are put together in a theme. While displaying museum items is quite a task, putting a digital copy of it online could be another. Consider it a way for you to get hold of the actual inventory. It is a privilege to be surrounded by this much history and culture anyway.

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