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Optical Heritage Museum

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Wonderful history of an amazing industry. It's thrilling to see where the Optical industy started... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Angelia S
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If you are in the area, do this

My wife and I like interesting and out of the ordinary museums and this one hits it out of the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Established in 1983, The Optical Heritage Museum is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of the optical industry from the 19th century to the present. Home to one of the largest collections of ophthalmic products in the...more
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12 Crane St, Southbridge, MA 01550-1994
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful history of an amazing industry. It's thrilling to see where the Optical industy started and how far they have come. Filled with early equipment, frames, cases, and even artificial eyes.

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Optical_Museum, The Musuem at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for the review, We love hearing about the great time our visitors had. You are welcome back any time you like. Thanks.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I like interesting and out of the ordinary museums and this one hits it out of the park. We had a wedding nearby and saw this on Tripadvisor. For many of us, glasses of some kind (eye glasses, sun glasses) are important-and...More

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Optical_Museum, The Musuem at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for the kind review. We love that people have dropped in based on trip advisor reviews, so a big thank you for contributing and hopefully directing others to find us just as you did. You are always welcome back. Thanks and take...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in town of the former American Optical, this gem of a museum highlights those milestones in the history of eyeglasses, lensmaking, and optics. Optical professionals come from around the world to be impressed by this collection. Locals would do well to put this museum...More

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Optical_Museum, the Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, Thanks so much for the kind words. We love hearing from everyone who has enjoyed themselves here and it is always a privilege to host any visitor. Thank you once again, you will always be welcome back.

Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Recommend visitors to call ahead. The museum is visited by guided tour. Dick Whitney gave us an fact packed tour and stayed long after normal open hours to answer all our questions. The museum houses many historical artifacts relating to the development of eyeglasses and...More

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Optical_Museum, the Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Hi, Thanks so much for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed yourself. You would always be welcome back. Kind regards, from the Museum

Reviewed 9 August 2018

My husband and I make every Wednesday a "play day." It was my idea to go to the Optical Heritage Museum in Southbridge, MA. Both of us have worn corrective lenses from a very young age and appreciate how eye glasses opened up the world...More

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Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Hi, Thanks so much for this review. Everyone at the museum loves hearing about the experiences had here and to hear you had such a fantastic time certainly makes us feel happy. I am glad you chose the Museum as your 'play day', but please...More

Reviewed 29 July 2018

American Optical advanced the process of making spectacles from hand fabrication to mass production, making eyeglasses affordable and available to everyone. George Wells stated his company "spared no pain until every person who needed them would have glasses of true scientific merit." AO also supported...More

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Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Hello, Thanks for your wonderful review of the museum. We love it when people have had a fantastic experience, but equally , its a true blessing when those people recall the history they learnt from their time with us. It helps other people find their...More

Reviewed 22 July 2018

Truly a hidden gem. We were looking for something interesting to do in the Southbridge area and came across the Optical Heritage Museum. It is rated as the #1 thing to do in Southbridge on tripadvisor, and for good reason. Dick Whitney, Executive Director, took...More

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Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Hi Mark, Thanks very much for the kind review. There really is so much to tell, so we are glad you enjoyed yourself and please not that you are always welcome back. Thanks for also advising to call ahead, it is handy for us to...More

Reviewed 17 July 2018

Wife and I in Southbridge on vacation, and we stopped by with some friends for a tour of the museum. Very very educational, things that we never knew or ever really thought about. History of fiber optics, and the scientists that invented things in the...More

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Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Hi Bernie, Thank you so much for that kind review. You are right, ZEISS have done a fantastic job in preserving many artifacts for all of us to enjoy now. We are glad you enjoyed the tour and you would always be welcome back to...More

Reviewed 12 April 2018

If you like history, this is a must stop place on your travel itinerary! The guided tour is excellent with plenty of time to explore on your own. I knew that Southbridge had a story to tell and was pleasantly surprised with the depth of...More

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Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hi Abe, Thanks so much for reviewing the museum. We really appreciate any feedback like this and hope you appreciated your time too. You are welcome back any time.

Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

A hidden gem! A destination for teenagers who loved their "lenses and light" chapter in physics class, or your future mechanical engineer. The history of AO's technological firsts was remarkable. The guided tour provided by owner Dick Whitney was a plus, he has deep roots...More

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Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 April 2018

Hi Lisa, Thanks for reviewing the museum. It's great that you enjoyed your time so much. You will always be welcome back. Often people don't realize that lenses are more than just something you wear on your face. There is so much more to it...More

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