Museum Display and Queue Control Barriers

Museum barriers are typically used to queue and control visitors throughout a museum or institution. Taller museum barriers are usually used for directing foot traffic in a particular path or direction. Shorter museum barriers can be used for surrounding items such as works of art to keep visitors from touching or getting too close. There are a number of museum barrier options that can be used, such as belts or ropes, but most museums prefer the more refined sophisticated approach of a straight cord. This gives a nice clean look that does not distract from the object being viewed. The largest manufacturer of museum barriers is Absolute Museum and Gallery Products, distributed in North and South America by Art Display Essentials.

Q-Cord Retractable Museum Barrier:

The "Q-Cord" museum barrier has two retractable cords to comply with ADA standards. These are made by 10-31 Inc. and sold at

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Freestanding Grey Barriers:

Grey museum barriers used to surround an art exhibit.

16 inch high museum freestanding barriers used to protect an art display.

Freestanding Essential Barriers

An economical option for a 16 inch museum barrier available in silver.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Museum barriers should also adhere to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. The belt or cord on a typical museum barrier is too high. According to the ADA, the cord or belt must be cane detectable and located within 27 inches off of the finished floor or ground. The Q-Cord Museum Barrier already meets these ADA requirements. Also, Absolute Museum and Gallery Products now offers a cuff to add to an existing museum barrier that adds a second cord down at the correct height to be compliant with the ADA standards. These items and other barrier related items are sold by  Art Display Essentials and can be purchased on their website here:

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Floor Mounted Museum Barriers:

Museum barriers are available in a floor mounted option for more permanent installations.

Q-Cords at Whitney Museum:

Q-Cord museum barriers set up for queue control at the Whitney.

Q-Cord Barriers at the Whitney Museum Floor mounted Q-Cords at the Whitney

Grey museum barriers at the Louvre:

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