The Academy is building a new Museum of Vision. It will be the only medical museum in San Francisco and the only publicly accessible, comprehensive collection of ophthalmic artifacts on permanent display in the United States.
This free, public museum and education center will introduce the world to the science of sight — and to the field of ophthalmology dedicated to protecting it. From virtual reality headsets to interactive screens, the museum will use cutting-edge technology to connect visitors to the science of sight. It will fill a critical gap in general knowledge about vision and the eye.
Make a one-time gift or pledge (PDF) over five years.
Until now, our 38,000-piece collection has been accessible only by appointment or online.
With your support, the new Museum of Vision will celebrate its grand opening in fall 2019, taking advantage of the natural publicity around 2020 and 20/20 sight. In the first year alone, we anticipate welcoming more than 30,000 visitors.
Explore the collection.
Naming opportunities (PDF 214KB) are available at many levels. Cement your legacy and inspire generations to come.
"The museum is the vehicle by which our heritage remains both relevant and inspiring; promoting continued discovery and advancement." – Stanley M. Truhlsen, MD, Museum of Vision Champion, Omaha, Neb.
“On behalf of the City and County of San Francisco, I want to congratulate the American Academy of Ophthalmology for bringing the Museum of Vision to Fisherman’s Wharf. This new center will welcome visitors from all around the world, and will provide unique, interactive opportunities to learn about the science and history of our most treasured sense – our vision. I want to wish the Academy the greatest success!” -- London N. Breed, Mayor, San Francisco
“A new Museum of Vision in San Francisco will be a jewel in our city’s crown. It will spark curiosity, engage us in our health, and inspire the next generation of ophthalmologists. I have personally experienced vision loss, so it is my great hope that learning from the past while encouraging new innovations for the future will be the legacy of this new museum. Thank you, American Academy of Ophthalmology." -- Willie L. Brown Jr., Former Mayor, San Francisco
“The new Museum of Vision will be a magnet for medical students, artists, historians and everyday tourists, looking to learn more about the history of vision.” -- Joe D’Alessandro, President and CEO, San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau
ENVISION: Your Chance to Build This Innovative Experience
Your support will help us create a stunning showplace for ophthalmology in a major metropolitan location, establishing a cultural and scientific center with untold value for generations.
Learn more in the Museum of Vision campaign brochure. (PDF 440KB)
Questions? Contact Tina McGovern, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 415.561.8508.