Date of Graduation

Winter 12-16-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Museum Studies


College of Arts and Sciences


Museum Studies

First Advisor

Stephanie A. Brown


Proper and efficient collections storage is often a challenge for museums. As collections outgrow their facilities, institutions struggle to find additional space, often resorting to hasty moves of their objects into ill-fitting placements. A large-scale collections move is a slowgoing process, requiring manual measurement and countless trial-and-error sessions. An unnoticed support beam, a low entryway, or uneven flooring can derail even the most well-planned collections move, costing an organization unexpected additions in time and labor expenses. Advancements in emerging technologies, however, may soon eliminate this problem. This capstone explores the use of photogrammetry and 3D modeling to plan a collections storage move in a virtual environment. It examines the relationship between museums and technology through an analysis of museum studies literature, and showcases examples from the archaeology, architecture, and design fields to demonstrate the potential of photogrammetry. A collections move project using this technology for the digital modeling of storage spaces is proposed and detailed. Through the proposed project, I argue that the use of these technologies to design collections storage will greatly optimize a collections move.