Opticana Museum

Opticana Museum, Tel Aviv: Address, Phone Number, Opticana Museum Reviews: 5/5

Opticana Museum
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The Museum of Eyewear, Optics, and Visual Culture is located in the Sarona Center: A unique historical complex. Over 300 items from the Museum's collection that tell the story of the world of optics, a story that combines art, fashion and history. Opticana invites the general public to explore and share the passion for this field.
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booptraveler
Scottsdale, AZ520 contributions
I'm guessing it is the first of its kind
Apr 2017 • Couples
I've never seen a museum dedicated to eyeglasses before. Provides an interesting history of eyewear through the centuries. Worth a stop for a few minutes in you are in Sarona. (In back of an eyeglass store.)
Written April 3, 2017
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Alan J
New York City, NY17 contributions
Perfect way to spend an hour in Sarona Market
Mar 2017 • Solo
The Opticana Museum of Eyewear, Optics, and Visual Culture is, of course, a come-on to get you to buy eyewear at this location, but it is also a thoroughly engaging museum. Exhibits on two floors first discuss the history of optics, starting with the discovery that bent glass placed before the eye will improve vision. The museum examines the separate development of eyewear in the Occident and the Orient. It then discusses the various ways that eyewear was placed before the eyes, such as monocles, lognnettes, and, finally, stems that hood around the ears. Exhibits discuss the customs of eyewear, in particular, the custom that one always takes off one's glasses when meeting another person. (That custom is long gone.) Recent eyewear fashions are examined upstairs, with separate exhibits on the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Various styles worn by celebraties are displayed.

Make sure you ride the glass elevator--it's slow-moving, and you have to keep your finger on the button to make it move.
Written March 12, 2017
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