Secure and Safe Museum Display Cases – System Q – Goppion

Display cases as secure as safes

The display case is a “container” created to offer the highest level of security to the objects inside, which are meant to be kept safe from theft, tampering and vandalism. However, by its very nature and considering the materials it is made out of, the display case is certainly not 100% invulnerable.

Goppion’s display cases not only use the most suitable materials for the job but every detail of their construction has been studied to guarantee maximum security:

  • Crystal panes made out of laminated safety glass. All of the System Q display cases use panes of extra-clear laminated safety glass.
  • Smooth outer casing.  The glass panes and metal plates come together to form an extremely smooth outer casing with no entry point for any type of break-in tool.
  • Perfect adherence of the doors to the frame. Good construction, precisely fit joints and the use of special articulated-quadrilateral hinges mean that the doors close uniformly around the entire perimeter. Upon request, we can provide further security with the use of special latches (laser-cut profiled plates).
  • Operating parts (hinges, locks and springs) that are inaccessible from the outside.
  • Use of security locks – key or electric ones – configured to meet specific needs.

All of these factors may not be enough if the monetary or symbolic value of the works is especially great. Over the years, Goppion has come up with display cases that offer complete security for works of particularly great material and symbolic value that are high risk for theft, vandalism or acts of terror (such as the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London, the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, or the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem).

Thanks to these experiences, we are able to offer museums a series of further protections to choose from to meet specific needs. Some of these include metallic protection on the edges of laminated glass panes, glass panes created in specific thicknesses or with special materials (for example with sheets of PVB added to the panes themselves) or electronic alarms with remote control stations positioned in protected areas.