Art Gallery Stanchions and Barriers

Stanchions or some sort of barrier system can be found in most museums or art galleries right across the globe, they may also be used for similar purposes in exhibitions, tradeshows, showrooms and street performances.

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Inside the Gallery

Throughout any type of exhibition space, gallery stanchions or gallery barriers may serve a variety of different purposes including, but not limited to the following:

  • To prevent visitors getting too close to specific exhibits
  • For cordoning off access to restricted areas
  • To help direct visitor flow
  • Wayfinding
  • For queue control at admission points
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Choosing the Right Gallery Stanchion

An appropriate gallery barrier system should be in place in order to create the perfect setting. For exhibition spaces, most museums and galleries prefer the clean look of a straight, high-quality bungee cord, as this is generally more subtle and detracts the least attention away from the actual exhibit itself. The cord may be attached to a wall terminal or to individual stanchions, creating a non-obtrusive line.

Queue control at entry points, however, may require a more prominent type of stanchion in a larger size or different colour, it will also need to be more robust and able to withstand the rigours of human traffic. Likewise, wayfinding gallery stanchions need to offer clear and effortless guidance through the space, being both discreet but also noticeable to visitors at the same time.

Different Barrier Systems

The Wall Terminal

Wall terminals serve to neatly attach a bungee cord to the walls, they are easy to attach and may be used at the end of a runway of stanchions or fixed across doorways to prevent access. Wall terminals are straightforward to install, a single fixing point is used with a suitable screw and wall plugs. The elasticated bungee cord is available in different colours including black, white, grey, stainless steel or it can alternatively be customised to suit individual requirements.

Small Stanchions

Ideally suited for use in a gallery or exhibition environment, smaller stanchions are typically 417mm high with a 200mm diameter base and are available in a range of different colours. This type of stanchion is specifically designed to offer subtle, sleek and professional protection for exhibits whilst ensuring the space retains an ‘open’ feel.

Display Stands

Display stands can be used in galleries and exhibition spaces to display exhibit information or alternatively to guide visitors. The display stand is finished in anodised aluminium, a contemporary colour tone which works well with a wide range of other colours. The stand can be rotated between portrait and landscape to suit requirements and content is easy to change by using a simple snap action of the frame.

How We Can Help

AEC Stanchions manufacture and supply a wide range of stanchions and guidance solutions not only to museums, galleries and other types of exhibition spaces but also to leisure spaces, showrooms and retail environments. Our products are designed to be sleek, modern and unobtrusive, yet robust enough to withstand everyday use. For more information on our product range and to find out we can help your organisation, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.


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