within Amsterdam’s exclusive 9 Streets, this fascinating museum exhibits a 700
year history of spectacles. The National
Museum of Spectacles is a family run business, which allows visitors the
opportunity to journey back in time and explore the changing styles and
fashions of eye wear.
situated along the city’s famous 9 Streets and set within an impressive
building, which dates back to the early 1600s, the National Museum of
Spectacles or Brilmuseum as it is also known provides an educational
alternative to the traditional art and culture which can be found in many of
Amsterdam’s renowned museums. The
museum, which is currently managed by Mijke Tuenissen, is the result of a
family’s love of glasses which spans over four generations.
to the museum, which is spread over two floors, is via an old fashioned optician’s
shop which is owned by the museum. Here,
you are able to purchase frames that can be up to 100 years old or ones similar
to those worn by stars such as Buddy Holly, together with the more modern,
contemporary spectacles that are worn today.
of stairs leads you to the museum itself, which showcases a fabulous collection
of spectacles and allows you to explore a rich, 700 year history of their
production. The museum’s aim is to
reflect on the art and culture of the frames and how styles have changed
throughout the years. Once in the
museum, you can feel the true passion that the family who own it have for their
The National Museum of Spectacles is definitely
worthy of a visit, is easily accessible from Amsterdam city centre on foot and
is open from Wednesday to Saturday. More
information, including an online shop, can be found on the museum’s website – www.brilmuseumamsterdam.nl.