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National Museum of Spectacles

Gasthuismolensteeg 7, 1016 AM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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We were visiting a record shop across the street and noticed the museum attached to an interesting... read more

Reviewed April 25, 2017
Quirky, not much to it

Glasses museum was all a bit strange. Had to press a door bell to get in. Rather abrupt reception... read more

Reviewed March 20, 2016
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This museum has an odd specialty: you can trace the 700-year history of glasses through its art and culture.
  • Excellent16%
  • Very good27%
  • Average25%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible16%
Apr 25, 2017
Mar 20, 2016
“Quirky, not much to it”
Gasthuismolensteeg 7, 1016 AM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Reviewed April 25, 2017

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...More

Thank Bik1973
Reviewed March 20, 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...More

1  Thank Jemimax123
Reviewed November 25, 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...More

2  Thank EH-in-York
Reviewed April 10, 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...More

2  Thank Belleblaasbel
Reviewed August 15, 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.

Thank Esimiomigna
Reviewed October 7, 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!

Thank JaeCox
Reviewed July 14, 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...More

2  Thank Nancy W
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