Exhibit Design Phase

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The Exhibit Design Phase
Creating a design plan to fulfill the Conservation Requirements



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The exhibit design plan must meet the Conservation Requirements for the exhibit objects

The exhibit design must utilize Exhibit Enclosures whenever possible and must always be carefully designed to promote object safety and fulfill the Conservation Requirements

Exhibit mounts and supports must be carefully designed to promote object safety and fulfill the Conservation Requirements

Design and selection of furnishings within the exhibit space must support object safety

Materials used within the exhibit space for construction, furnishing, decoration and interpretive settings must be object-safe

The exhibit’s physical layout [spatial design] must promote object safety

Effective conservation measures [design, controls and policies] must protect objects from harmful light exposure

Effective security measures [design, controls and policies] must provide the appropriate level of security for objects

Appropriate prevention measures must protect objects from fire and water damage

Appropriate measures [design, controls and policies] must protect objects from harmful exposure to pollutants

Effective measures [design, controls and policies] must maintain object-safe temperature and relative humidity

Appropriate measures must protect exhibit objects from damage by pests