Museums you can’t take your eyes off

Browsing new travel destinations, or simply looking out for some unique frames for yourself! We recommend adding some of these eyewear museums to your travel list, to add a touch of excitement to your wanderlust. You must have heard of these places, or even been to any of these. But, did you know that these places let you come across the most treasured eyewear in the history?

Shanghai Museum of Glasses (Shanghai, China)

Shanghai Museum of Glasses (Shanghai, China)

This museum exhibits thousands of pairs of glasses and other eyewear, ranging from 1800 year old crystal magnifying glass to the world’s oldest glasses, dating back to Sung and Ming dynasties.

To make your visit even more interesting, the museum provides information on how some animals see the world. For example, horses have dichromatic vision which means they see blue and green colours of the spectrum but cannot distinguish red.

Shanghai Museum of Glasses inner

 

Museo Dell’occhiale (Pieve Di cadore, Italy)

Museo Dell’occhiale (Pieve Di cadore, Italy)

If you want to satisfy your curiosities relating to the use of spectacles from the ancient times to the present, The Glasses Museum in Pieve di Cadore is the place to be. With over 4000 artifacts in its collection, this museum is divided into two segments. On the first floor, you can find lenses and eyewear prevalent in the past. So, aren’t you excited to have a look at nose glasses, hand held glasses, magnifying glasses, and binoculars used long back!

On the second floor, there is an interesting exhibition of documents, photographs, interviews and vintage films documenting the history of this ubiquitous accessory.

Museo Dell’occhiale

 

 

Musee Des Lunettes ET Lorgnettes Pierre Marly (Paris, France)

Musee Des Lunettes ET Lorgnettes Pierre Marly (Paris, France)

This museum was created by Pierre Marly, the celebrated eyewear designer from 1950s to 70s.  He designed glasses for celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn and Elton John.

The museum showcases spectacles from the 13th century along with wooden Eskimo sunglasses, lorgnettes, binoculars and telescopes. Particular items of interest include the glasses of the Dalai Lama, Elton John and lorgnettes of Sarah Bernhardt.

That’s not all folks, they also exhibit glasses made for cats and dogs!

 

Optical Heritage Museum (Southbridge, Massachusetts)

Optical Heritage Museum (Southbridge, Massachusetts)

Founded in 1983, the optical heritage museum houses one of the largest collections of spectacle frames and optical items in the world. Few hours at this museum, and you will come across antique microscopes, lensometers, and multifocal & antique spectacles. It also includes interesting reads on the optical history in the US, old lensometers, and refractive equipment.

Optical Heritage Museum

 

Zeiss Museum of Optics (Oberkochen, Germany)

Zeiss Museum of Optics (Oberkochen, Germany)

The museum offers a fascinating tour through the world of optics, divided into 10 categories- from planetarium to optical lithography. The mini planetarium is a must visit with its realistic starry sky. Other major attractions of this museum are Napoleon’s binoculars, and the photo shot by Neil Armstrong on the Moon with a ZEISS camera.

Neil Armstrong on the Moon with a ZEISS camera

Neil Armstrong on the Moon with a ZEISS camera 1

So what are you waiting for, take the giant leap towards this modernistic museum!

Akshay Miglani
Akshay is an avid reader with a background in business. More punny than funny, he likes to paint a picture with his words.
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