Musée des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly
|Location||380, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris|
|Type||History of eyeglasses and lenses|
The Musée des Lunettes et Lorgnettes Pierre Marly is a museum of eyeglasses located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France, at 380 rue Saint-Honoré. It is open Tuesday through Saturday; an admission fee is charged.
The museum was created by Pierre Marly, optician to crowned heads, public figures and celebrities. It contains almost 3,000 objects, ranging from spectacles dating from the 13th century to wooden Inuit snow goggles, with a permanent exhibition of lorgnettes, glasses, telescopes, and binoculars of all shapes and sizes. Items of interest include glasses made for cats and dogs, Maria Callas' contact lens, and glasses belonging to Princess Victoire of France (daughter of Louis XV), the Dalai Lama, Marlene Dietrich, Sammy Davis, Jr., Elton John, and lorgnettes belonging to Sarah Bernhardt.
- Kristan Lawson and Anneli S. Rufus, Weird Europe: A Guide to Bizarre, Macabre, and Just Plain Weird Sights, Macmillan, 1999, page 67. ISBN 0-312-19873-6.
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