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Reviewed 1 week ago
revktlee
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Boston, Massachusetts
This museum brings history to life!

American Optical advanced the process of making spectacles from hand fabrication to mass... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dojea
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South Windsor, Connecticut, USA
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

1  Thank markb1232018
Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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

2  Thank BernieL143
Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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 April 12, 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 April 15, 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 March 27, 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

Thank Lisa C
Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 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

Reviewed February 27, 2018

Our guided tour of the museum brought the exhibits to life, highlighting rich history of powerhouse company in the optical industry. Seeing timeless pieces of history of AO, such as JFK's last request for sunglasses, was a memorable experience. Growing up around Southbridge and not...More

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Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2018

Hi Connor, thank you so much for your review of the museum. We love hearing from people who enjoyed their time and it sounds like you had a fascinating experience. Please come and visit again, especially if you are in the area - you will...More

Reviewed December 6, 2017

I had the most informative tour by Richard Whitney, who has created an absolute jewel for the area. So many things I didn't know were fascinatingly discussed and brought to life! A must go on your trip to our community!More

Thank Suzy G
Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2017

Hi There, Thanks do much for leaving us a nice review. We appreciate every review we receive and it is the comments like yours which help people to see that the optical industry has given birth to so many things we don't even realize today....More

Reviewed November 30, 2017

I came to southbridge with my husband who is attending a conference here. I had the opportunity to visit the optical heritage museum and am really glad I went. Dick Whitney the executive director gave me a private tour since I was the only person...More

1  Thank deeyanm
Optical_Museum, The Museum at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2017

Hi, Thanks so much for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour of the museum and we were able to accommodate you. Reviews like this mean a lot to us and we are incredibly grateful for your kind words. You are most...More

Reviewed October 25, 2017

We had a guided tour of this museum, as part of a car club event. The museum is an amazing tribute to American Optical, the ingenuity of its employees, and to the volunteer effort that created this museum. The variety of what AO produced is...More

Thank DavidBenz
Optical_Museum, The Musuem at Optical Heritage Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 27, 2017

Hello, Thanks so much for your nice review of the museum. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope you found it a truly enlightening experience. Thank you also for your kind words about our volunteers. They are such an integral part...More

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