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OHM Mission Statement - Approved by the Board

 The Optical Heritage Museum is dedicated to preservation, education and research in the history, growth, culture and contributions of optical industries from the 19th Century until the present. This will be accomplished through the continuing efforts to collect, maintain, preserve and display artifacts from within the American Optical collection and those provided from other collections,  all to promote the contributions to the optical Industry.

Our Sponsors


How you can help- Looking to volunteer?

Call Dick Whitney at 774-230-8016






Eskimo Sunglasses Museum Display


The Optical Heritage Museum, located in Southbridge Ma, is now open by appointment. We are working to organize our all volunteer staff and soon will be announcing regular hours. Check our Calendar

or contact Dick Whitney to schedule a visit!


We have 6 Display rooms and admission is free. This is made possible by Zeiss (primary sponsor) along with additional support from our Board and other sponsors.



Email: dickwhitney@charter.net

Cell: 774-230-8016



Tom Hicks looking at the 1916 AO Lensometer Calibration Lens Set - the only NBS tracealble Lensometer calibration lenses in existence!


The Museum is located at 12 Crane St, Southbridge Ma. and open by appointment and selected times as shown on our calendar.


Ophthalmic Optical Industry Links


AO History Main Page




AO Technical Publications Library -

Vast collection of publications available for download

Newly digitized AO Books / Publications

"Some History of Eyewear" - John Young/Optical Heritage Museum

Previously unpublished ,Posted 16-May-13




Worcester Charter Cable TV News April 11, 2014 Video

 on the Museum



A Walk thru of the OHM in May 2014




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