British Optical Association Museum

This is a remarkable museum collection comprising over sixteen thousand outstanding objects and archival 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. 

Founded by J. H. Sutcliffe of the British Optical Association in 1901, this is a remarkable museum collection comprising over sixteen thousand outstanding objects and archival 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. 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 museum collections in the world.


The Public is welcome to visit the museum (by prior appointment), book a tour of the College meeting rooms, carry out relevant research using our rich archival resources,or write in with questions on which we can help. At our Central London headquarters we present both permanent and temporary exhibitions to visitors. 


Admission is free.

British Optical Association Museum

British Optical Association Museum, Craven Street
London Greater London United Kingdom

Opening hours:

Monday-Friday by appointment only.
Tel:  (0)20 7766 4353
Email:  museum@college-optometrists.org

Closed 14 December and from 16 December-3 January 2012 .