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British Optical Association Museum

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Loved it, so much better than I thought

Elvis' glasses everyone? Or the queens mothers glasses? Animals who need glasses, too? Wow! What an... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2017
Anne C
Greater London, United Kingdom
The Eyes Have It

I was met by Neil who was to be my guide on this conducted tour. I was surprised to discover that... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2016
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17 Sep 2017
“Loved it, so much better than I thought”
16 Jul 2017
“Very small but interesting”
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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41-42 Craven Street, London WC2N 5NG, England
Trafalgar Square / Embankment
+44 20 7766 4353
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

Elvis' glasses everyone? Or the queens mothers glasses? Animals who need glasses, too? Wow! What an amazing place! It's tiny but super interesting as in the detail. I can highly recommend it!

Thank Anne C
Reviewed 16 July 2017

You must book in advance and you will be given a free personal tour of the 2 rooms by the curator. The museum is pushed for space and has thousands more exhibits which it cannot display. It provides an insight into the history of spectacles...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

I was met by Neil who was to be my guide on this conducted tour. I was surprised to discover that this museum devoted to spectacles and other eyewear was founded as far back as 1901. As we made our way around I spotted the...More

1  Thank Harrovian
Reviewed 22 March 2015

I had a very enjoyable guided tour at this small museum conducted by the curator Mr. Neil Handley. The museum is small, just two rooms in the basement level but it is packed full of many objects going back two hundred years and more. You...More

3  Thank acmehorse
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized
lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is
not just considered the heart of this bustling London
hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this
esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as
well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most
popular cultural attractions including the National
Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to
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