• Previous Programs

  • Watch the museum's previous public programs on our YouTube channel.


    Behind the Scenes: Eyecups and Quack Medicine

    Watch on Youtube (recording coming soon)

    This Behind the Scenes episode discuses the museum’s collection of eyecups and the quack medicine boom of the 19th and 20th centuries. Eyecups are receptacles used to wash the eye. They were often sold with eye water and marketed as part of regular hygiene or to cure disease.  Museum Director Jenny Benjamin unveils the museum’s eyecup collection and the people who profited from their sale.   


    Behind the Scenes: Trachoma

    If you’re interested in medical oddities, you’ll want to join Museum Director Jenny Benjamin for the launch of Behind the Scenes. In this new series, we’ll examine curious medical objects in the museum’s storage cabinets. The first episode will feature a rare set of glass propaganda teaching slides prepared by the National Trachoma Service. Trachoma is a bacterial infection that attacks the eyes and has been documented for thousands of years. Learn about the trachoma epidemic in the United States between 1912 and 1924, and its parallels to our current health crisis – the COVID-19 pandemic.


    Can You Believe Your Eyes?

    Explore how the eye-brain connection plays an important role in what you see, but can sometimes be tricked into seeing things that aren’t there. The Museum of the Eye is holding this virtual event in collaboration with vision scientists from the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute and as part of the 2020 virtual Bay Area Science Festival. Can you always believe what you see? Register and join us to find out.