Museum Display and Queue Control Barriers

Museum barriers are typically used to queue and control visitors throughout a museum or institution. Taller museum stanchions 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. 

Q-Cord Retractable Museum Barrier:

The "Q-Cord" museum retractable museum stanchion 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 metal barriers used to surround an art exhibit.

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

Freestanding Economy Barriers

An economical option for a 16 inch museum stanchion available in silver/grey.

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. 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 metal stanchions are available in a floor mounted option for more permanent installations.

Q-Cords at Whitney Museum:

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

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

Q-Cord Barriers at the Westfield Mall World Trade Center

Grey museum stanchions at the Louvre:

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