AddressThe College of Optometrists
42 Craven Street
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Founded by J.H. Sutcliffe of the British Optical Association in 1901, this is a remarkable museum collection of some seventeen thousand outstanding items relating to the history of ophthalmic optics (optometry), the human eye and visual aids, as well as the representation of these subjects in art and archival record. Many of the objects in the museum are rare or unique. They're certainly eye-catching! When the BOA voluntarily disbanded in 1980 the Museum was entrusted to the care of the new College of Optometrists. Now in its second century it continues to be recognised as the oldest and one of the best optical collections in the world.

The Public is welcome to visit the museum (strictly by prior appointment), book a tour of the College meeting rooms, carry out relevant research in our library or write in with questions on which we can help. The museum's electronic web presence, the MusEYEum allows it to share so much more of this rich optical heritage with the widest possible international audience.

How to get here - Before setting off please ensure that you have pre-booked your visit as the museum is open by appointment only. The College of Optometrists occupies the northernmost terraced house in Craven Street, just south of the Strand, accessed down a pedestrian ramp passing between 'Boots' and 'Next'. The side of Charing Cross Railway Station is literally adjacent to the building. The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross (Northern/Bakerloo lines) or Embankment (District/Circle, Northern and Bakerloo lines). The building is identified by a brass plaque naming the College of Optometrists. On arrival - Please ring the bell. You will be asked to sign in at Reception where you should ask for the Museum Curator.

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