Museum Collections

The Museum Collections held at the Archives & Museum of Optometry represent the history of eyewear, the optical industry, and the American Optometric Association, as well as the changing methods of vision testing and care. Visitors to the AOA headquarters in Saint Louis may view exhibits of selected items from the Museum collection in the first floor Archives area.  

Many interesting items are included in the collection, including eyeglasses, contact lenses, instruments and tools, photographs, and other historical artifacts.   Permanent exhibits include several virtual museum galleries listed on the right.