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Deutsches Optisches Museum

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Hard to find but well worth finding.

Poor sign posting from the Planetarium to the museum which being associated is surprising. The... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2018
Peter S
Amersham, United Kingdom
Optics whereever you look, informative and well-provided with historic objects

Whenever you are in Jena, visit the museum about optics - the industry that made the name of the... read more

Reviewed 26 December 2017
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Carl-Zeiss-Platz 12, 07743 Jena, Thuringia, Germany
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

Poor sign posting from the Planetarium to the museum which being associated is surprising. The museum had a wealth of information and I wished I could have stayed longer. Would have found it even better if there had been more in English apart from”Do not...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 26 December 2017

Whenever you are in Jena, visit the museum about optics - the industry that made the name of the city sound around the world. I was to attend and present at the EPNOE-5 conference, and thereafter I took the opportunity to explore the city. There...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Very nice museum with a good audio-guide in English. The collections is very profound (glasses, camera's, lenses, ...) and nicely organized

1  Thank Astrid D
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Very interesting. Being in the Photonics industry, I found this museum very interesting. The price was €5. All of the captions were in German, but the technical word roots are similar enough to English, so I could understand most of it.

Thank Scott0001
Reviewed 16 June 2017

With the help of the AudioGuide in English, the museum provides aneducational and historical understanding of Jena's global importance in Optics. As a wife of an Optical Scientist from California, who works with the Zeiss Oberkochen, the Fraunhofer Institute and JenOptic, the museum gave me...More

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

The museum is fascinating and full of interesting objects with high historical value. The explanations and descriptions should be in english also to let non German speakers understand!!!!

Thank Alex F
Reviewed 26 October 2016

It is a wonderful museum, especially for me as a scientist working with optics. Amazing to read the history of optics in a few hours. Wish I know more German so to grab all the information!

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Reviewed 26 June 2016

I had a wonderful experience at this museum, maybe because I am working as a scientist in optics. The museum has an amazing collection of microscopes, photo cameras and the largest collection of seeing glasses in the world. The entrance fee is 5 euros and...More

2  Thank Gabriela C
Reviewed 10 September 2015

I am an amateur astronomer by avocation, and optical engineer by vocation. For me, this was a highlight of my visit to Jena for a technical conference. The museum has a wonderful collection of microscopes, telescopes, camera lens, specialty optics, binoculars, and ophthalmic equipment. It...More

1  Thank David H
Reviewed 25 July 2015

If you have a great interest in photograph, history, German contribution, pre and post war. This exhibition is for you, although it covers all of the work by the local Zeiss company that made Jena famous across all areas of optics. Audio guide is available...More

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