The American Optical Museum-

AO Collection and the status of the Optical Heritage Museum

John Young recalls the inception of the AO Museum

While presently closed to the public, the Museum has been in existance since 1983, when AO celebrated its 150th Anniversary. Click here for a January 2002 view of what once was the AO Museum, and is now a part of the Southbridge Hotel and Conference center. What follows is a pictorial view of the Musuem as it appeared until January 2000. All of the contents of the museum remain in storage.

The AO Musuem contains one of the best historial collections of Ophthalmic Spectacle related memorabilia in the World. Click here for the text of the AO Museum Brochure published at the time of the Museum opening.

Museum info / Status / actions - Mar 1, 2010

Download complete Dec 1983 20 20 Mag Article on the AO museum

AO Frame key chain Souvenier (1983)

Read John Youngs Dec 1983 newletter describing this and other Museum Items

Download entire Southbridge News May 14, 1985 article

John Young pictured above (Founder of AO Museum) re-visits the facility in August of 1999.
He now lives in Florida and is President of COLTS laboratories.

View Closeup of Diamond Studded Frame

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Image of First AO Lensometer - 1921 (3rd Unit off Production)


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AO History

Southbridge History

Dick Whitney

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In the Summer of 2000, Newspaper articles announced plans for the relocation of this facility to Main Street in Southbridge. These  plans have been abandoned, but I keep the article here as part of the AO Musuem history. Click here for the Southbridge News report, as well as photos of June 16 Ceremony in front of the old Vets Cab Building (to the left of the Hartwell building where AO Began in 1833).