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"First, head to Room 51 on Level 3 and find Case 4."

This appears on a guide to visit The British Museum. This guide is designed for children and it is full of activities, pictures and there isn't much information.

I need to translate it into Spanish, but I don't understand the meaning of this term. Is it suppose to mean the "item" you need to find on that room and level in order to understans all the information given in the guide?

I really appreciate your help! Thank you.

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    Probably a glass case... mostrador. How big is the "item" in question? – Cascabel Oct 18 at 17:48
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    The definition to the word "case' that indicates display falls low on the list of definitions of most online dictionaries. So in this case.... I suggest we be lenient on VTC "for lack of research". – Cascabel Oct 18 at 22:14
  • Google translate gives caso, caja, asunto. "caja" makes the most sense in this context. – Acccumulation Oct 19 at 2:19
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    "vitrina" is a better translation into Spanish. – Pere Oct 19 at 15:19
  • @Pere Here in Guatemala it's called a mostrador... vitrina is a shop window display. It would depend on the size of the item, which I asked for in my first comment. – Cascabel Oct 19 at 17:13
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It is a display case.

Glass display case

They can range in size from relatively small to very large.

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    ...but a bad example of an informative description. Asteroids can also range in size from relatively small to very large, but they are not at all the same size as display cases. – TonyK Oct 19 at 10:45
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    @Tony ... when you find a display case over 1 km across, let me know... In the meantime, perhaps you can give the maximum and minimum sizes. ;) – Greybeard Oct 19 at 10:51
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    @Greybeard I think that was the point: without any dimensions, that sentence doesn't really mean much, and might as well not be there. Perhaps something like "they can range in size from a table-top box less than a metre wide to an enclosure stretching from floor to ceiling and a few metres wide"? – IMSoP Oct 19 at 11:05
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    @IMSoP: yes, exactly. Or "smaller than a cat to bigger than an elephant". – TonyK Oct 19 at 11:14
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    @TonyK "smaller than a cat to bigger than an elephant" includes viruses and galaxies – IMil Oct 19 at 13:20

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