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SSC Museum Cabinets: Geology, Botany, or Entomology?

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Part 2:
Which Spacesaver Museum Cabinet is Best for You?

One major advantage of Spacesaver’s Viking cabinets is the offering of specialty cabinets for scientific specimen storage. Spacesaver designs and provides specimen storage solutions for many different needs, such as geology, entomology, and botany. Each Viking specimen storage cabinet is constructed with unique design aspects to create the optimal storage environment for fragile organic materials. Find out more about each individual model below.  

This blog is part one of two about Spacesaver’s Viking Cabinet selections. The previous blog about Preservation, Oversized, and Archival cabinets can be read here.

Geology Museum Storage

Geological samples can be large, dense, and often weigh quite a lot. Therefore, when storing large quantities of geological specimens, it is important to use storage systems designed specifically for rock and mineral samples. Spacesaver offers a special series of Viking cabinetry, specifically designed to store geological samples securely and efficiently.

The Viking geological cabinets are designed to accept existing drawers to make transitions from existing storage to Viking cabinets effortless. In addition to this, Spacesaver also offers these add-ons to optimize sample storage:

  • Lift-off door hinges
  • Elastomeric door seal
  • Watershield cap
  • Reinforced drawers for heavy samples
  • Easy-access cabinet levelers (with hex-wrench adjustability)
  • Multiple handle options
  • Three models of differing heights and widths

Arizona State University needed a solution to protect their growing geological specimen collection, as they were moving to a new facility and were granted funding to redesign their storage systems. The move to a larger facility granted the geology team time to consider the specific requirements for proper storage that would be necessary for their collection. Pairing with a local Spacesaver rep, they were able to implement Viking geological storage cabinets to store their meteorological and geological specimens.

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Storage of such materials requires important considerations, such as light exposure, air exchange, and paint off-gassing. To meet these criteria, the Spacesaver representative provided a custom, temperature-and humidity-controlled cabinet collection. The cabinets implemented were a full-steel chassis with wooden drawers; devoid of any silicone, off-gassing paints, or glues that may emit damaging chemicals. On top of this, the representative was able to custom-create alternating display shelving between storage cabinets, complete with LED backlighting and display holders.

Botany Museum Storage

Spacesaver’s Viking Botany cabinets excel at storing fragile botanical and herbarium samples and protecting such specimens from the elements. The Botany cabinet line (240, 241, 242) is customized to provide extra space between the front and back of drawers to promote free-air circulation. Along with built-in ventilation ports, fumigants and air can freely exchange to prevent humidity or decay.

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Spacesaver also offers the following add-on and options for their Viking Botany cabinet series:

  • Elastomeric door seal for air-tight closure
  • Lift-off door hinges
  • WaterShield cap
  • A pull-out workshelf for examining specimens or taking notes on
  • Four different handle styles for easy access
240 Model: Tabletop Height
241 Model: Full Height, Single Wide
241 Model: Full Height, Single Wide
242 Model: Full Height, Double Wide
242 Model: Full Height, Double Wide

When a suburban Chicago botanical lab needed to redesign their specimen storage area, and rethink their intake and organization strategy, they relied on Spacesaver Viking cabinetry. Working alongside their Spacesaver rep, the botanical lab decided to implement Model 241 shelving systems, complete with customized storage bins to further protect sensitive specimens. These bins allowed researchers to keep track of intaken samples, their locations, and any accompanying data while providing a sturdy and secure cabinet space.


Entomology Museum Storage

Entomological specimens are incredibly sensitive to disturbances in environment and climate, making the storage and conditioning of such samples a precise task. Entomological specimens must be pinned, saturated in preserving fluid, or stored in jars to protect their integrity. Additionally, certain insect pests feed on dried insect remains, which can be disastrous to the samples of a collection. Therefore, Viking Entomological cabinets are constructed with significant consideration of air exchange, humidity control, and other factors which can catalyze decay. Such features include:

  • Optional fumigant pockets
  • Elastomeric seal
  • 3-point latch sealing system
  • Lift-off door hinges
  • WaterShield cap
  • Multiple handle options
  • Extra space in front and behind drawers to promote free-air exchange
Model 521
Model 522
Model 522

When the Field Museum in Chicago decided to upgrade their entomological storage cabinetry, they called upon a local Spacesaver rep to help them complete the task. The Spacesaver rep was able to outfit their storage center with a collection of Viking Entomological cabinets to best suit the needs of the tight space. Ultimately, the Viking cabinets were installed and now house the 12.5 million specimens that the field museum keeps within some of the 1,120 Viking cabinets spread across the Field Museum.

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No matter what items you’re looking to store, Spacesaver’s Viking cabinet line offers a solution. Viking cabinets, constructed of high-grade steel, offer sturdy and efficient storage for a multitude of spaces. To learn more about how Viking cabinetry can resolve your storage issues, and protect your specimens, contact us at for information and quotes.

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