British Optical Association Museum

Museum in Charing Cross
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41-42 Craven Street, Charing Cross, WC2N 5NG

020 7766 4353


Charing Cross

Nearest Station
Embankment (0.13 miles)


What can one expect to find at an optometry museum? Glasses of course, some of which date back to the 17th century, including pince-nez, magnifiers, monocles, early swimming goggles, and spectacles worn by celebrities such as Johnny Depp. But aside from the obvious, at this museum (cleverly nicknamed MusEYEum) there are lots of implements on display which will make more sense to optometrists such as retinoscopes, refractor heads and focimeters. The collection is complemented by paintings and caricatures by Gillray and Stradanus among others, all following the optical theme naturally.

Having opened in 1901, this is the oldest museum of its kind in the world. It can be visited by appointment only.

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