British Optical Museum

British Optical Association Museum

The British Optical Association Museum explores and tells the story of the progression of eye-wear and optometry.

Founded by Mr J. H. Sutcliffe of the British Optical Association in 1901, this is a remarkable museum collection comprising over twenty 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.

Museum Facilities

  • Cafe

  • Restaurant

  • Shop

  • Audio Guide

  • Tour Guide

  • Photography

  • Wheelchair Access

  • WiFi

  • Venue Hire

  • Available

  • Not allowed

  • Unconfirmed

  • Prior permission required.

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London Area: Central


  • British Optical Association Museum
  • 41-42 Craven St
  • London
  • WC2N 5NG


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 1

  • Underground

    • Charing Cross
    • Embankment


    • Charing Cross

    Bus Numbers

  • 6, 9, 13, 15, 23, 139, 176

FREE Admission

Open Hours
Monday 9:30am 17:00pm
Tuesday 9:30am 17:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am 17:00pm
Thursday 9:30am 17:00pm
Friday 9:30am 17:00pm
You must make an appointment to visit this museum.

Contact Details

Phone 020 7766 4353
Website British Optical Association Museum
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