Occhiale c
Museum

Fondazione Museo dell'occhiale onlus

VIA ARSENALE 15, Pieve di Cadore, (Belluno)

The Museo dell’Occhiale picks up over 4,000 pieces that speaks about the history of eyeglasses, from the origins to our days. In many cases it deals with exceptional pieces, unique in their kind, precious documents not only of the history of the technique and of the costume but also of the art. Besides the glasses of every kind, the museum keeps pince-nez, lorgnettes, spectacle cases, fans with glasses or hidden lorgnettes, binoculars, spyglasses, batons for walking, with glasses, slow or spyglasses inserted in the handle, monocles, slow of enlargement, spectacle cases and many other curious objects that recall the eyeglasses.

The museum has two floors: the first floor exhibition talks about the history, the typology, the social use of the eyeglasses and other tools based on the employment of the lenses, as well as the historical evolution of spectacle cases. The second floor of the museum is about the history of the eye-glasses in Cadore and in Belluno region from the end of the 19th century to our days. To complete the museum there is a small library that picks up books up to 17th century, besides many recent publications on the history and on the evolution of the eyeglasses and many graduation thesis about eyeglasses.

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