Case Studies

Museum Collections Management Case Studies

Explore our museum collections management case studies for compelling, firsthand accounts from Gallery Systems clients, sharing their collections management experiences. Learn how museum professionals tackle collection care challenges, from enhancing cataloguing standards and creating online collections, to implementing digital asset management systems, and orchestrating collection moves.

Blanton Museum of Art Case Study

Transitioning to a New Collections Management System
The Blanton Museum of Art recently took a step up with its collections management. As long-time users of EmbARK and EmbARK Web Kiosk, the team members decided to upgrade their collections management system to TMS Collections and their online collections software to eMuseum […]

Louisiana State Museum Case Study

Centralizing Collections Management across Multiple Museums
Streamlining collections management within a single institution can be challenging, let alone for the Louisiana State Museum (LSM), an interconnected network of national landmarks. Comprised of long-time TMS users, the LSM team opted to upgrade to TMS Collections, while also adopting TMS Media Studio and managed hosting [...]

Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design

Recreating the Visitor Experience Online with eMuseum
The feelings of awe invoked by stepping into a museum such as Honolulu’s Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, transported to new worlds as you encounter each gallery and its objects, can be indescribable [...]

Suzie Zuzek, Lilly Pulitzer, and The Suzie Zuzek Project

Discovering the Artist Behind an Iconic American Look
Imagine a chance encounter launching you into the art world after discovering a 6,000-object archive of work by a brilliant, yet largely unknown artist. This is the course Becky Smith’s life took in 2007 when she first encountered Suzie Zuzek and her iconic textile [...]

The Frick Collection Case Study

Preparing for Implementing Conservation Software
The Frick Collection, located in New York City’s Upper East Side neighborhood, is one of the most well-known museums in the world, with a collection specializing in Old Master paintings and European sculpture and decorative arts predominantly dating from the 14th to 18th century. Henry Clay Frick, who built the Frick mansion as his home [...]

The imai Foundation

Cataloguing Time Based Media
The City of Düsseldorf established the inter media art institute (imai Foundation) in 2006 as an archive to care for an acquired video collection. The archive contains around 3,000 works of Time Based Media art, and provides context to the history of Time Based Media from the 1970s [...]

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University

Promoting Teaching and Research Through Excellence in Collections Management
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is among the oldest museums of its type in the world, and is home to one of the finest collections of human cultural history [...]

The J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Joint Ownership of the Mapplethorpe Collection: Best Practices in Learning How to Share
In 2011, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) jointly acquired a collection of over 2,000 works by Robert Mapplethorpe from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation (RMF). This historic acquisition is unique in many [...]

California Department of Parks and Recreation Case Study

Using Barcode Technology to Track Collections during a Relocation Move
The California Department of Parks and Recreation, otherwise known as California State Parks, has a mandate to preserve, protect, and interpret its museum collections which includes museum objects, natural history specimens, paleontological specimens, archaeological artifacts, and archive materials [...]

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