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Seven centuries of historyAmsterdam
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Ensconced in the Nine Alleys district (9 Straatjes), the National Museum of Spectacles (Brilmuseum) invites you to an overview of 700 years of glasses' fashion, design, art and history. This is a required stop for fans of this indispensable medical and fashion accessory.
Medical accessory and symbol of prestige
The museum was created by a private collector with a passion for all things optical. It occupies two floors of a charming 17th century building. Visitors learn all about the history of frames and the methods used to apply them to faces. I often find unimaginable glasses here. The social history of glasses is also a recurring theme. The Brilmuseum illustrates how glasses have always been a medical necessity and a symbol of prestige, as much a part of fashion as they are today.
Vintage models not seen anywhere else
Mijke Teunissen will welcome you to the 1930s setting of her ground floor shop which has already housed four generations of opticians. There is a vast array of frames on display which shows the fashions and trends of the past 100 years. Even the oldest ones have never been worn.
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