Museum of Vision

Dedicated to preserving ophthalmic history

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Historical Research

Researchers may make appointments to meet with museum staff and perform research on-site.

Researchers who are unable to visit our facility may send a written research request by mail or email, which will be handled by museum staff.  An initial response can be expected within three weeks of receipt.


Our mailing address is:

655 Beach Street
San Francisco CA 94109 

"I received your large and extremely helpful package of material related to the history of ophthalmology.  I must say the service you provide is most impressive, both in terms of its promptness and thoroughness!"
-John W. Gamel, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Louisville


Amulets and Talismans

Eyes have long been a powerful symbol of the supernatural.

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American Academy of Ophthalmology