Introducing the Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye®
The museum is currently closed for construction.
We are operating in accordance with the Covid-19 public health recommendations.
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We look forward to welcoming you when we open!
The American Academy of Ophthalmology Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye® is the world’s only free, public museum dedicated to the fascinating science of sight. Look through the pupil of an enormous eye, explore interactive displays and try on a virtual reality headset to see how new technology can impact medicine. Through high-tech exhibits and a renowned collection of ophthalmic artifacts, you’ll discover surprising facts about how your vision works and the field of medicine devoted to protecting it.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is excited to be preparing exhibits for the new Museum of the Eye at our headquarters in San Francisco. Until now, our 38,000-piece collection has been accessible only by appointment or online. Starting in 2021, visitors will be able to enjoy—for free—rotating exhibits and public programs in our popular Fisherman's Wharf location.
Through innovative exhibits, school tours, and free resource materials, the museum promotes eye health on a broad scale.
Visitors of all ages will enjoy the interactive displays and:
- Learn how virtual-reality is changing ophthalmology
- Dive deeper into the historical collection
- See the evolution of eye care through the ages
- Learn about the latest innovations saving sight today
- Develop an interest in the study of medicine and ophthalmology