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Glass for museums

In museums, glass displays are used to protect precious artefacts from damage or distress, while presenting them in the best possible light. But sometimes the glass itself can act as an obstruction to the view. Unwanted glare and reflection prevent visitors from having a crystal-clear view and seeing the object in its original color.  The ideal glass for museums should enable closer, more intimate interaction with the displayed object as well as providing security, safety and ultraviolet (UV) protection, critical for priceless objects on display.

Why Instrument Glasses?

Instrument Glasses offer glazing solutions perfect for a broad range of applications from retail display units to museums & visitor centres.

Instrument Glasses range of laminated glass products provide improved safety and security, and help to reduce damage and fading caused by UV radiation. Our extra clear glass and anti-reflective products are the ideal solution where a clear unobstructed view is required.

Prestigious works of art are often displayed behind glass for security reasons, but unsightly glare and reflection can detract from their beauty and power. Instrument Glasses exclusive anti-reflective glass features a special anti-reflective coating that helps to minimise glare and reduces light reflection to just 0.8% – significantly lower than conventional float glass. When viewed from the outside, the glass is nearly invisible and does not reflect its surroundings. Objects behind the glass are easier to see and can be shown off to full effect.

Why should you invest in glass for your museum?

When looking at specifying glass for external faces of a museum of gallery project you should always consider the use of a specialist PVB interlayer within the glass make up. This specialist architectural glass interlayer will reduce the amount of UV radiation that can travel through glass by 99%, this will protect any internal surfaces, be that a painting, artefact or real wood floors, from UV fading.

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