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National Museum of Spectacles

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Address: Gasthuismolensteeg 7, 1016 AM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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This museum has an odd specialty: you can trace the 700-year history of...

This museum has an odd specialty: you can trace the 700-year history of glasses through its art and culture.

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Quirky, not much to it

Glasses museum was all a bit strange. Had to press a door bell to get in. Rather abrupt reception by staff. Directed towards very steep stairs - most definitely not accessible if... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2016
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Dublin
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting a record shop across the street and noticed the museum attached to an interesting old opticians, I assumed it would be free entry but it was €4.50 each which as it turned out was a complete waste of money. The "exhibition" covers two tiny floors and if you were to read everything it would take about 30... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016 via mobile

Glasses museum was all a bit strange. Had to press a door bell to get in. Rather abrupt reception by staff. Directed towards very steep stairs - most definitely not accessible if any mobility issues. First floor was private second and third various glasses and eyesight paraphernalia. Interesting enough, quirky to say the least but limited. In and out within... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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325 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2015

We like a niche museum, my other half and me, so were excited to find so many in Amsterdam. We popped in to the Spectacles Museum and found there is a shop on the ground floor and two rooms above (up some terrifying stairs) with display cabinets. There is quite a lot on show and most of the information was... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2015 via mobile

I love vintage and vintage glasses. I once bought 2 pairs here (not cheap, because it is new deadstock vintage). I always advice my 50's loving friends to go here. Wanted to buy a new pair,but the lady in the shop was awfully unfriendly. Don't know what her problem is. Maybe she doesn't like younger people maybe she is racist... More 

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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

I think that 4.50?/person for a Very small room with no guide nor interactivity is really too much. Pass here only if it's raining and you are curious about glasses...... Poor.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

I love all the small random museums in Amsterdam, and this one is perfect!! Lots of cool artifacts and photographs...plus it's free!

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Vienna
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Located in a building dating back to 1620, this museum traces 700 years of eyewear history. The first floor is a shop selling glasses dating back 100 years. The top three floors house the collection. The stairway is very narrow with no lift, so it is not for baby strollers. The display cases are loaded with glasses of all shapes... More 

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