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Selecting Types of Museum Storage Cabinets

Selecting the right museum storage cabinet is essential to the safe storage of every artifact, so that their stories can continue to be told.

There is a story behind everything you store.

It's why selecting the right museum storage cabinet is essential for your collection.

Depending on what artifacts you're storing, will dictate which type of museum storage cabinet would be recommended.

For example, large, awkward shaped objects like archeological samples or taxidermy, may need to be housed in a museum storage cabinet with heavy duty strength to with stand the weight at higher capacities. While even larger collections may need to be stored in larger rooms with high-density mobile shelving systems.

Here are some types of museum storage cabinets we offer:


Our full line of customizable Museum Collection Storage Cabinets are perfect for natural history or art museums, as well as hall of fame or science centers. Designed with the input of collection experts, our storage cabinets are developed with a high quality fit and finish, smooth, no snag welds, tight compression seals to prevent dirt and insect infiltration, adaptable accessories, and solid construction to last for years.

They boast a water top shield to protect the collection in the event of overhead sprinkler discharge; a durable zero off-gassing powder-coat that’s harmless to collections; steel-reinforced lift-off doors that won’t warp, rattle or flex; heavy duty lift-off hinges with large diameter pins that allows the door to swing open flush to the side of cabinet and easily seat the door to the cabinet in the event of door removal; and multiple accessories to choose from like adjustable shelves, drawers, and dividers.


Paper, photographs, film, sound recordings, electronic files, and artifacts require a broad range of storage solutions with flexible accessories. Archivists have been charged with the daunting task of preserving the physical and intellectual property of historical societies, government entities, non-profits, and corporations.

Westbow Systems offers dozens of cabinet sizes, all with different styles and accessories to safely house archival collections. Our cabinets are finished with a Gloss-Tek, an inert powder coat that is completely safe with no off-gassing of volatile organic compounds.

Mix a variety of accessories in the same cabinet or easily reconfigure to adapt for future needs. We also carry counter height models that do double duty as display areas or convenient work countertops. Stack these shorter units to free up floor space or make room for more storage.


Flat files cabinets come with heavy-duty welded flat drawers that feature ball bearing slides and smooth interiors with no catch points to harm material being stored. They are great to store items like maps, drawings, paintings, books, letters, flat textiles, and other archival collections.

They come in three sizes, with an optional base in two heights. They stack three high or mount to mobile carriages for additional versatility.


Westbow Systems Herbarium & Entomology Cabinets are second to none in quality, breadth, color selection, and accessories. These Herbarium & Entomology Cabinets feature a locking compression handle to provide the tightest of seals and a non-off-gassing silicone gasket to protect your specimens.

They also feature a full height pullout work surface, a closed cell silicone gasket with memory retention, full perimeter reinforced lift-off doors that swing 180° flush with cabinet, right or left hand swing options on single door, a label holder and water shield top, 31 Eco-friendly beautiful colors with no VOCs, and a limited lifetime warranty.


The Herbarium Drying Cabinet is a desiccating device for plant material used in botanical research. The cabinet extracts moisture from pressed plant samples preserving their structural integrity for study or other processing.

Equipped with Two-120 V/600 W Axial Fin Heater with independent fan, the vented Herbarium Drying Cabinet reaches a maximum internal temperature of 120°F to ensure thorough and rapid drying of specimens.

A door-mounted thermostat controls the cabinet temperature and features an easy to read digital display. Located directly below the thermostat is a separate fan control with "off" position or variable speeds for even drying. Five vented shelves are adjustable on every 3/4". The cabinet has leveling feet on four corners and a hinged door available in right and left swing.


Our high-density art storage systems are a custom solution for the storage of paintings in reserve collections, research areas, or for the storage of paintings where space is limited. A solid, smooth-welded frame encloses heavy duty mesh panels sized to your exact dimensions.

We would love to partner with you and your museum, to help preserve what is precious.


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