Museum Framing

Museum Framing Genuine Museum Grade framing services Museum Grade frames at affordable prices! Serving the pub Our mounting techniques are reversible.
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Our framing services and frames are guaranteed to have the BEST quality materials available on the market. We only use UV filtering glass and acrylic of the highest quality. Our matting is 100% cotton rag, which is the finest and used by museums, libraries and institutions to preserve their collections. We GUARANTEE our prices to very reasonable and affordable NO EXCUSES!

This is an original rare 1613 first edition Besler botanical print we recently framed. These were commonly displayed in ...
11/28/2020

This is an original rare 1613 first edition Besler botanical print we recently framed. These were commonly displayed in houses in colonial America. Many famous landmark residences, like Monticello and Biltmore, had beautifully framed Beslers in prominent places of the house.
Today, many interior designers employ the use of Beslers in decorating houses of traditional and contemporary design.

Our diploma frames contain the only 100% Museum Grade materials at a GREAT price! Starting at $75, FREE SHIPPING! Get yo...
09/06/2020

Our diploma frames contain the only 100% Museum Grade materials at a GREAT price! Starting at $75, FREE SHIPPING! Get yours at https://museumframing.net! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Our diploma frames contain the only 100% Museum Grade materials at a GREAT price! Starting at $75, FREE SHIPPING! Get yo...
08/19/2020

Our diploma frames contain the only 100% Museum Grade materials at a GREAT price! Starting at $75, FREE SHIPPING! Get yours at https://museumframing.net! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Of the over 30 years I have been in framing, it amazes me how framers treat, mount and frame art and artifacts for peopl...
08/11/2020
Please Exercise Caution When Framing Your Important Art And Artifacts

Of the over 30 years I have been in framing, it amazes me how framers treat, mount and frame art and artifacts for people who patronize them. On a weekly basis, it's not unusual for someone to contact me through email or phone informing me of a recently framed item which shows signs of deterioration.

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Of the over 30 years I have been in framing, it amazes me how framers treat, mount and frame art and artifacts for people who patronize them. On a weekly basis, it's not unusual for someone to contact me through email or phone informing me of a recently framed item which shows signs of deterioration...

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08/03/2020

Photos from Museum Framing's post

The following map, over 400 years old, is a case in point.  Although erroneously titled "Virginia", it's really a incred...
07/13/2020
1590 John White/Theodore De Bry Map Americae Pars, Nunc Virginia Dicta (Frankfurt, Germany)

The following map, over 400 years old, is a case in point. Although erroneously titled "Virginia", it's really a incredibly accurate likeness of North Carolina. Of course, shortly afterwards, Virginia was given the correct depiction when the cartographers mapped it thoroughly and accurately.

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The following map, over 400 years old, is a case in point. Although erroneously titled

As a seasoned collector of autographs of over 35 years, it still excites me to pick up long desired rare autograph signe...
07/07/2020
Collecting Presidential And Historical Autographs

As a seasoned collector of autographs of over 35 years, it still excites me to pick up long desired rare autograph signed by someone I admire. You see, unlike most things, a complete set of autographs cannot be acquired any day or night. It has to be built over time or acquired intact when the rare opportunity presents itself.

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As a seasoned collector of autographs of over 35 years, it still excites me to pick up long desired rare autograph signed by someone I admire. You see, unlike most things, a complete set of autographs cannot be acquired any day or night. It has to be built over time or acquired intact when the rare....

As a child, history always fascinated me.  Studying Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and through modern American hi...
06/30/2020
Touching History!

As a child, history always fascinated me. Studying Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and through modern American history held a special place in my heart. Knowing how our ancestors lived made me think and take in what they endured throughout history.

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As a child, history always fascinated me. Studying Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and through modern American history held a special place in my heart. Knowing how our ancestors lived made me think and take in what they endured throughout history.

Collecting historical autographs has intrigued me for many years given the fact one can own a real piece of history.  Wh...
06/26/2020
Personal Love Of Collecting Historical Documents And Autographs

Collecting historical autographs has intrigued me for many years given the fact one can own a real piece of history. When first coming into this collecting field many years ago, my first thought was "Aren't these documents locked away in a museum or archives?" It's easy to assume that. But, many important letters and documents are in private collections.

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Collecting historical autographs has intrigued me for many years given the fact one can own a real piece of history. When first coming into this collecting field many years ago, my first thought was

Ancient coins can be collected by country, by ruler, by designs, even by a grouping of rulers.  The Twelve Caesars, as a...
06/25/2020
Ancient Coin Collecting

Ancient coins can be collected by country, by ruler, by designs, even by a grouping of rulers. The Twelve Caesars, as an example, is a very highly collectible, sought after and hard set to assemble (depending on your requirements). You can get the more common, less expensive coin representing Julius Caesar which is shows an elephant on the obverse (front).

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The thrill of collecting ancient coins is when you imagine what kings, emperors and other famous ancient people touched and spent these coins. Nothing is more exciting than thinking if Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar or even Cleopatra touched a coin.

One of the most interesting items I have framed lately is a note written by Abraham Lincoln toward the conclusion of the...
06/22/2020
Send Him To His Mother (Abraham Lincoln)

One of the most interesting items I have framed lately is a note written by Abraham Lincoln toward the conclusion of the Civil War where he orders a young man to be sent to his mother. Rarely did President Lincoln evoke emotions in his orders, such as discharges, but this one must have really stirred Lincoln to react.

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One of the most interesting items I have framed lately is a note written by Abraham Lincoln toward the conclusion of the Civil War where he orders a young man to be sent to his mother. Rarely did President Lincoln evoke emotions in his orders, such as discharges, but this one must have really stirre...

As a young boy, my interests involved collecting a variety of things:  Comic books, rocks, shells, even bugs. It was enj...
06/19/2020
Why People Collect Things?

As a young boy, my interests involved collecting a variety of things: Comic books, rocks, shells, even bugs. It was enjoyable to accumulate many varieties and types of these items. It was very challenging and fun to seek items which were unique and popular. It was even fun collecting things other people wanted.

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As a young boy, my interests involved collecting a variety of things: Comic books, rocks, shells, even bugs. It was enjoyable to accumulate many varieties and types of these items. It was very challenging and fun to seek items which were unique and popular. It was even fun collecting things other pe...

When a photograph, document or other item has fading, it is nearly impossible to restore it to its original condition. A...
06/18/2020
Protecting Your Art From Fading

When a photograph, document or other item has fading, it is nearly impossible to restore it to its original condition. And, do you notice those stores that offer photo restoration? Well, they aren't really restoring the photo.

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When a photograph, document or other item has fading, it is nearly impossible to restore it to its original condition. And, do you notice those stores that offer photo restoration? Well, they aren't really restoring the photo.

Monopoly is perhaps the most popular, discussed and recognizable game ever created.  It is one game that, even in this d...
06/17/2020
The History Of Monopoly

Monopoly is perhaps the most popular, discussed and recognizable game ever created. It is one game that, even in this digital age, is still enjoyed by millions of people throughout the world. There are even spin offs of the game manufactured covering any topic you can imagine.

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Monopoly is perhaps the most popular, discussed and recognizable game ever created. It is one game that, even in this digital age, is still enjoyed by millions of people throughout the world. There are even spin offs of the game manufactured covering any topic you can imagine.

Preparing a letter, document or photograph for display in a frame with museum grade materials will give the owner many y...
06/16/2020
Proper Framing of Historical Documents, Autographs and other Antique Paper

Preparing a letter, document or photograph for display in a frame with museum grade materials will give the owner many years of enjoyment. In this framing collage, we engraved a biographical plaque on black brass describing Bell and his history. We used 100% cotton rag matting, safe reversible mounting materials and museum quality glazing. Not following strict procedures can harm the item and eventually decrease the value.

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Preparing a letter, document or photograph for display in a frame with museum grade materials will give the owner many years of enjoyment.

Our diploma frames contain the only 100% Museum Grade materials at a GREAT price! Starting at $75, FREE SHIPPING! Get yo...
06/15/2020

Our diploma frames contain the only 100% Museum Grade materials at a GREAT price! Starting at $75, FREE SHIPPING! Get yours at https://museumframing.net! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Remember that famous botched "restoration" job of the Spanish fresco painting of Jesus Christ by an 80 year old woman?  ...
06/13/2020
Never Try To Restore Any Antiquities Or Collectibles Without Expert Advice

Remember that famous botched "restoration" job of the Spanish fresco painting of Jesus Christ by an 80 year old woman? If not, ten years ago, the artist, Cecilia Jimenez, volunteered to restore the painting. Her "restoration" was so poorly done, the term "ecce monkey" was sometimes used to describe the artwork. (The original name was Ecce Homo)

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Remember that famous botched

Only Diploma frames that contain 100% Museum Grade Materials
06/12/2020
Only Diploma frames that contain 100% Museum Grade Materials

Only Diploma frames that contain 100% Museum Grade Materials

Made to Protect and Preserve with the Finest Museum Grade Materials. Manufactured with Genuine Hardwoods with Authentic Finishes. Contains Environmentally Sustainable Woods. Glazing, Matting and Backings are made in USA. Our wood frames are grown, milled and finished in the USA - a rarity in this in...

First, people are running scared given the financial markets rolling wild swings like a roller coaster.  A 750 point swi...
06/11/2020
When The Stock Market Plunges, And Fear Takes Over

First, people are running scared given the financial markets rolling wild swings like a roller coaster. A 750 point swing was a 75 point swing last year. Second, people are more and more wearing face shields/masks to prevent transmitting the virus. Third, looking out my office window has turned from a bustling active Saturday to one that is dismally quiet and calm. I can even make out the casual conversations as people walk by.

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Historical artifacts, whether ancient coins, historical autographs or antique maps should never be purchased as investments, but rather as areas to put extra money to enjoy and gain a new endeavor. If you buy right (meaning you should buy quality and not rush). and what you enjoy, after time collect...

100% Cotton Rag Fiber Matting is the highest quality matboard available to museum professionals, conservators and the fr...
06/09/2020

100% Cotton Rag Fiber Matting is the highest quality matboard available to museum professionals, conservators and the framing industry.

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These frames are grown, milled and finished in the USA. * Swan shaped Walnut with Dark inner and outer lip Frame* Classi...
06/05/2020

These frames are grown, milled and finished in the USA.

* Swan shaped Walnut with Dark inner and outer lip Frame
* Classical Mahogany Frame
* Classical Walnut Frame
* Mahogany Wood Frame with Black Beaded Lip
* Walnut Wood Frame with Black Beaded Lip

Check our diploma frames at https://museumframing.net/collections/all! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Young people spend years achieving their diploma through hard work and study.  In addition to the time spent, many stude...
06/04/2020
You Worked Hard For Your Diploma. Frame It To Last

Young people spend years achieving their diploma through hard work and study. In addition to the time spent, many students and/or their loved ones invest a lot of money assuring a good education and at the end, proof of their achievement and success, being a diploma.

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Our frames are high quality, gallery style frames made with authentic hard and durable woods. They also consist of museum level glazing and matting components needed to protect your diploma from fading and other environmental harm.

Museum Framing has developed a frame with all the attributes!Our diploma frames contain the only 100% Museum Grade mater...
06/02/2020

Museum Framing has developed a frame with all the attributes!

Our diploma frames contain the only 100% Museum Grade materials at a GREAT price! Starting at $75, FREE SHIPPING! Made In Virginia! Get yours at https://museumframing.net! ๐Ÿ˜Š

When you research framing materials with the highest quality materials on the market, rag mats and 99% UV filtered glass...
06/01/2020
Opinion of Buying Diploma Frames from Your College or University Store

When you research framing materials with the highest quality materials on the market, rag mats and 99% UV filtered glass are what usually pops up. Museums and collectors want to frame their important and valuable documents using only these items. By the way, "rag" is a misnomer as a description. Rag mats are called that because they are actually made from pure cotton fiber material, the only inert material sold in museum grade mat boards.

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One of the most overpriced products sold through college campuses are the typical diploma frames.

Our diploma frames contain the only 100% Museum Grade materials at a GREAT price! Starting at $75, FREE SHIPPING! Made I...
05/26/2020

Our diploma frames contain the only 100% Museum Grade materials at a GREAT price! Starting at $75, FREE SHIPPING! Made In Virginia! Get yours at https://museumframing.net! ๐Ÿ˜Š

03/15/2020

Before you buy a diploma frame from your college, read this!

In our experience, diploma frames sold through most college stores are made with low quality materials offering virtually no preservation properties to your diploma.

A central goal of their diploma frame is only to maximize profits to the sellers involved. As a result, the students or their loved ones overpay!.....Not with Museum Framing!

Our frames are very reasonably priced because we donโ€™t have to split the profit with the colleges and the middlemen who are involved with the college stores. With Museum Framing, you get more, but you pay less.

We only use 100% Museum grade cotton rag mats, same cotton rag backs, an extra layer of archival final backing and 99% UV filtered glass. No other materials on the market exceed these standards. No other diploma frame contains the same high quality components as our frames

Plus, ALL our diploma frames are made by Rick Badwey and his staff in Virginia. Nothing is sourced out!

Please compare our frames and mats and the prices we offer for our complete 100% Museum Grade frames. With our frames and mats , there is no need to upgrade as the best is already included.

For over 30 years, Rick Badwey has been framing important and rare manuscripts and artwork for museums, collectors and libraries, so our work must exceed strict Library of Congress preservation framing standards. Can others honestly say that?

Visit our site and see how easy it is to order a genuine 100% Museum grade diploma frame at a super price. A frame that will protect and keep your diploma looking fresh and clean for many years!


This is our first announcement. We will keep you posted in the coming days.

Most people know that my main specialty is framing historical documents, antique maps, prints, collectible coins and cur...
03/06/2020

Most people know that my main specialty is framing historical documents, antique maps, prints, collectible coins and currency. My hobby turned into dealing and now, adding protecting these items for future generations to enjoy and pass down.
Unfortunately, many people are unaware that these items need to be protected and preserved to maintain their condition and value.
But, these people also assume that all framing businesses know how to frame these artifacts and other important items to ensure their longevity.
Well, that's a bad assumption. The first thing that one must know when framing these artworks and artifacts is to ensure they can be removed from the frame should the need arise. This is also called "reversibility". In other words, any item framed should be able to be removed from the frame without problem. This could include if the owner wants to make copies of the item, sell it, appraise it or inspect it.
In my many years in the business, the overwhelming majority of framing jobs I have seen have actually poorly affected the item being framed.
This includes mat burns, acidic mountings,fading from improper glazing and even damage from the framer mishandling the object.
If you wish to protect and maintain the condition of your art object, then know what's needed and ensure the framer can explain that in specific terms and show you the materials he or she will use on the items.
After all, its what you desire and the framer should know and understand that without brushing it off.

01/28/2020
01/28/2020

Circa 1750s map showing British and other European presence in the American colonies
Antique maps, as with other antique paper items, requires proper conservation framing to ensure longevity and protection of your antique map. Unless trained to correctly frame a map, some framers use tape, glues or other adhesives to mount the map. Many have even glue/tissue mounted the map to backing not realizing doing so would devalue and eventually harm the item.

Another common framing method in routine framing establishments (including arts and craft chain stores) is the use of any foamcore board as backing. This is an example of "acid free" foamcore after being in frames for about 10 to 15 years each:

This is an example of so called "acid free" foamcore. Notice the stark yellowing from outgassing

Brittle "acid free" foamcore that has been outgassing

Although most framers only offer foamcore products, make sure you ask the framer that you want both museum grade 100% cotton rag backing AND archival coroplast for final backing. Nothing should ever be compromised regarding the framing of your important artwork. After all, preservation should be part of the framing package. Doing otherwise will create problems down the line.

When inquiring about glass, only use 99% UV filtered glass. Don't use a substitute! Over the years, I have taken apart frames for customers who realized that some of their artwork showed signs of fading or discoloring. Coloring on antiques maps is very sensitive to light and any intense light without protection will be evident over time. Remember, your artwork is in constant contact with light daily. If you use the proper glazing, and keep your artwork out of DIRECT sunlight, your framed items will be fine.

A key ingredient to proper museum quality framing is the application of museum grade 100% rag matting. Don't accept other mat types. Even if the framer tells you it's "acid free", I can almost guarantee you it's not unless they show you it's made from 100% cotton fibers. Other matboards will leave a darkened ring around the antique map, which is called a "mat burn". If you have ever purchased previously framed artwork in older or not properly treated framing jobs, you will notice a mat burn around the artwork. And that was due to acidic mats mounted onto artwork.

Protecting your antique maps and ensuring proper framing is done to them is very important to their longevity. When visiting a framer, ask the necessary questions to ensure they do what's needed to protect your artwork.

12/14/2019

Often, I get people who want me to fix a framing job that has been done elsewhere.
When I interject that they should get the original framer to fix the problem, they prefer not to revisit that road.
Personally, if I purchased something that was less than expected (reasonably), I would have no problem informing the business owner or manager.
First, it could have been an honest mistake or second, an employee may have rushed/cut corners and the supervisor should be informed.
I look at things before they leave the shop, but if an error occurred, I wish to know immediately.

Just my 2 cents worth!

11/01/2019

With the Holidays coming up, let Rick know what you need framed for yourself or as a gift for others. Call Rick at 703-299-0100

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115 South Union Street , STE 200
Alexandria, VA
22314

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Monday 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 9am - 3pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

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