Eyecare Museums Around The World

If you like museums and memories to post about, why not visit some of the Eyewear and Eyecare Museums around the world?


  • Shanghai Eyeglasses Museum– China Address: No. 533 Baochang Rd., Zhabei District. http://science.shanghaidaily.com/pdf/eyeglassesENG.pdf. Thousands of pairs of glasses and other eyewear in its collection, ranging from 1,800-year-old crystal “magnifying glasses” to the world’s oldest sunglasses (from the Ming dynasty


North America

  • Museum of Visual Science – The Museum is housed in the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. FREE.

United States


France- Musée de la lunetterie (Eyeglasses Museum) http://musee‐lunette.fr- The link isn’t working

  • In 1796, a nail-maker’s inventiveness gave birth to the eyeglasses industry in Morez. Two centuries later, Morez is still the capital of the French eyeglasses manufacturing. The museum exhibits 200 years of eyeglasses history, from the family workshop to a high performance industry. Espace Lamartine, MOREZ 39400 Phone: 03-84-33-39-30

France- The Eyeglasses Museum, Paris Musée des Lunettes et Lorgnettes de Jadis) is located at 380 rue St-Honoré, at rue Cambon, 1st arrondissement (Metro: Tuileries, Concorde).


Eyeglass Museum- Italy

  • Eye-Glass Museum – Museo dell’ Occhiale – Internet Official Site Eye-Glass Museum – Pieve di Cadore – Italy – Great pics!
  • Safilo Museum– by appointment Guglielmo Tabacchi Gallery can be visited by appointment Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm. You can visit online at here 
  • Museo Del’Ottica (Luxottica Museum), Agordo (by special appointment) The museum was opened in 1991 and comprises of decades of collecting eyewear. Over 2000 items are displayed from lenses to eyeglasses, monocles, telescopes, microscopes, optical instruments, spectacle cases, prints and books.
Bow glasses in drawn copper with case 18th century; below bow glasses with an iron
Bow glasses in drawn copper with case 18th century; below bow glasses with an iron


  • Brilmuseum (Eyeglass Museum), Gasthuismolensteeg 7 (tel. 020/421-2414;www.brilmuseumamsterdam.nl; Offers eyewear from 1620, displaying antique eyeglasses and a tour through 700 years of impaired-vision aids. Open Wednesday to Friday from noon to 5:30pm, and Saturday from noon to 5pm; admission is free. (Source Frommers )
  • Image: Accor Hotels
    Image: Accor Hotels

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