Optical Heritage Museum - Historical Info











The Museum is now open at 12 Crane St, Southbridge.

See About page for more info



Meeting of AO, Bausch and Lomb and Zeiss Executives in 1907

in Southbridge Ma (On the Steps of AO's Main Plant)


AO Technical Publications Library -

Vast collection of publications available for download

Newly digitized AO Books / Publications

Ophthalmic Optical Industry Links


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

Previously unpublished ,Posted 16-May-13

Fiber Optics History



American Optical History

1983 Information on the formation of the AO Museum


Youtube video by Dick Whitney of AO History


AO Sculpture in Southbridge, MA


AO History Chronology Slideshow -
8mb Download of pps file

AO History Slides -

Pdf Version of Slideshow

More Optical Heritage Museum info (Dick Whitney's site)

Paintings of American Optical

The Floods of Southbridge (photos on the AO Complex)

 American Optical worker measuring ophthalmic lens power

on an AO Lensometer (~1920)



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