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Acrylic Displays in Museums: Revolutionising Exhibitions and Artwork in Public Spaces

Enhancing museum and public art using acrylic displays

In the world of museum exhibitions, the choice of display medium is as crucial as the artefacts themselves. Acrylic displays have emerged as a leading solution, offering a blend of durability, aesthetic appeal, and versatility. SE1 Picture Frames regularly collaborate with Dauphin one of this counties most innovative companies when it comes to acrylic display solutions. Dauphin have been at the forefront of using acrylic in the art world for many years, revolutionising how museums and public spaces present their treasures to the world. 

The Superiority of Acrylic in Museum and Public Displays

Unmatched Clarity and Durability

Acrylic stands out for its exceptional clarity, ensuring that each artefact is viewed in its truest form. Its robustness makes it ideal for high-traffic museum and public space environments, protecting precious artefacts from both environmental factors and accidental damage. 

SE1 Picture Frames were recently asked by the NHS to protect and present this Aluminium work by artist Damien Hirst that was to be exhibited in an NHS public space.

Custom made acrylic box frame for this Damien Hirst piece

SE1 Picture Frames worked with Dauphin who came up with a unique design solution to discreetly mount this work to the wall with no fixations showing. The work was the assembled within the acrylic frame to the backboard for display within an NHS hospital.

Aesthetic Versatility

The versatility of acrylic allows for creative freedom in display design, accommodating the diverse needs of museums and public spaces. Whether it’s ancient relics or contemporary art, like the Damien Hirst rainbow, acrylic provides a seamless viewing experience. SE1 Picture Frames, in collaboration with Dauphin offers a range of acrylic display solutions that cater to these diverse requirements. The below photos are a examples of these unique mounting solutions designed and made by Dauphin.

Bespoke made acrylic plate hanging to hold this Picasso ceramic plate
Acrylic box frame with acrylic clasp fixings

Enhancing Visitor Experience with Acrylic Displays

Interactive and Engaging Exhibits

Acrylic’s adaptability enables museums and public spaces to create more interactive and engaging exhibits. Transparent and lightweight, these displays can be moulded into various shapes and sizes, encouraging innovative exhibition designs.

Safety and Accessibility

Acrylic is safer than glass, reducing the risk of injury in case of breakage. This aspect is vital in ensuring that museums and public spaces remain accessible and safe spaces for visitors of all ages.

Customisation: Tailoring to Museum Needs

Personalised Design Options

Dauphin’s expertise in acrylic displays allows museums and public institutions to customise designs according to their specific exhibition themes and spatial requirements, ensuring each display is as unique as the artefact it houses.

Integrating Technology

Modern museums are increasingly integrating technology into their displays. Acrylic’s compatibility with various lighting systems and digital interfaces makes it an ideal choice for tech-enhanced exhibits.

Choosing the Right Acrylic Display with Dauphin and SE1 Picture Frames

Expert Consultation and Support

Selecting the right acrylic display requires expert guidance. SE1 Picture Frames in collaboration with Dauphin offers consultation services to help museums make informed decisions based on their specific exhibition needs.


Acrylic displays represent a fusion of functionality and aesthetics, making them an ideal choice for museums and public spaces. With providers like Dauphin offering tailored solutions, museums can elevate their exhibitions, ensuring artefacts are displayed safely, elegantly, and effectively. Se1 Picture Frames have been working with Dauphin for many years, carefully mounting works of art so they are protected for future generations.

Custom made acrylic box frame for this Damien Hirst piece

Key Points to Consider:

  • Durability and Clarity: Acrylic’s robust and clear nature protects and showcases artefacts effectively.
  • Customisation: Dauphin’s customised acrylic solutions cater to specific museum needs.
  • Sustainability: Acrylic’s recyclable nature aligns with eco-friendly practices in museum management.

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Our workshop is equipped to handle a wide range of specialist and bespoke projects. Undertaking small and large projects alike, we cater for artists, designers, galleries, museums, photographers and corporate and private clients. Orders range from single frames to framing works for large exhibitions.

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