Musee des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly museum
This unusual museum in Paris is dedicated to eyeglasses, spectacles and other items that relate to the eyes, and is often referred to as the Musee Pierre Marly, after the optician and founder that has put together a unique collection dating back centuries.
About the Musee des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly
The Musee des Lunettes et Lorgnettes was founded by an optician called Pierre Marly who became a famous designer of fashionable glasses for the stars including Audry Hepburn, Elton John and many others.
Yet his passion did not stop there and over several decades he amassed a large collection of unusual objects, rare books and documents, prints, eyeglasses, spectacles, spy glasses, etc so he decided to open up a public museum to display this unique collection artifats.
This vast collection amounts to almost 3,000 different pieces, some of which date back centuries including old wooden snow goggles, telescopes and is a fascinating look into the past and how things have evolved over the years to help all of us with eye problems to see better.
Visiting Musee des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly in Paris
Now this museum is located on the Rue Saint-Honore in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris and is only open by prior appointment, and therefore you must get in touch prior to visiting the Musee des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly.
But when it comes to getting to this area, the nearest Metro station is the Concorde stop via lines 1, 8 and 12, if travelling on the RER trains, you would need the Invalides stop via line C, or if using the Paris busses the following bus numbers 21, 24, 27, 42, 72, 81, 84 and 95, will get you within easy walking distance.