Museum

College of Optometrists

London, United Kingdom

Address

  • The College of Optometrists
  • 42 Craven Street
  • London
  • England
  • WC2N 5NG
  • United Kingdom

Regular hours

Monday
10:00 – 18:00
by appointment
Tuesday
10:00 – 18:00
by appointment
Wednesday
10:00 – 18:00
by appointment
Thursday
10:00 – 18:00
by appointment
Friday
10:00 – 18:00
by appointment
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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About

The College of Optometrists is the custodian of the British Optical Association Museum, the premier optical collection in the country and believed to be the oldest of its type in the world (founded 1901).

The collection comprises historic spectacles and lenses, pince-nez, opera glasses, contact lenses, opticians’ equipment, orthoptic devices, models of eye disease and the representation of all these subjects in art: paintings, prints and sculpture. The BOA Library has an outstanding collection of books on optics and the workings of the human eye from the sixteenth century to the present.

Exhibiting artists