Any visitor to San Francisco is likely to have a list of not-to-miss attractions to visit – Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and Haight Asbury come immediately to mind. And there’s one more attraction that readers of this blog may want to add to their list: The Museum of Vision, which is located in the heart of the city’s waterfront district.
The Museum of Vision is an educational program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, whose mission is the preservation and promotion of ophthalmic heritage.
San Francisco is one of the world’s great cities, and a great location for the museum. But recognizing that not everyone can make it to the “city by the bay,” last year the Museum of Vision commemorated its 30th anniversary with the launch of www.museumofvision.org, a website that puts all of its exhibits – past and present –right at your fingertips.
In both its physical and online iterations, the Museum of Vision serves as a one-of-a-kind educational resource for use by ophthalmologists, medical historians, researchers and the public.
The museum’s current exhibit is “Collecting Ophthalmology: 30 Years at the Museum” and features selected items from its one-of-a-kind collection of more than 38,000 artifacts, rare books and archival materials. The collection, which dates from the third century B.C. to the present, includes the history of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, personal papers of physicians and related professionals, oral histories, surgical instruments, spectacles, coins, stamps, rare books, photographs and film.
If you are considering a visit to the physical Museum of Vision, you’ll want to stop by the visitor’s information page first, to get the details you’ll need. And, of course, you can stop by the museum’s virtual iteration anytime you want. (In both cases, admission is free!)