British Optical Association Museum

Finding the Museum

We occupy the northernmost terraced house in Craven Street, just south of the Strand, accessed down a pedestrian ramp passing between ‘Boots’ and ‘Next’. The side of Charing Cross Railway Station is literally adjacent to our building. The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross (Northern/Bakerloo lines) or Embankment (District/Circle, Northern and Bakerloo lines). The building is identified by a brass plaque naming the College of Optometrists.

To plan your travel, visit the TfL Journey Planner

On arrival

Please ring the bell. You will be asked to sign in at Reception where you should ask for the Museum Curator. You may use our toilet, water machine and coat stand. We may ask you to leave bulky luggage at Reception.

Disabled access

There are two steps up to the front door. The Museum floor can be accessed by either stairs or lift and is all on one level. The text of temporary exhibitions is available in large print format on request. We can offer touch tours to the visually impaired. Please contact us in advance if you have any special needs and we will try our best to help.

We have a collapsible wheelchair ramp to negotiate the front steps. If you require its use, but are unaccompanied, you will need to phone on arrival so that the ramp may be deployed, since it is not possible to reach the doorbell without first ascending the steps!

Please note, however, that we do not have a disabled toilet. Such facilities may be found close by at Charing Cross Station or at the National Gallery.

Venue Detail

+44 (0) 20 7839 6000
The College of Optometrists
42 Craven Street

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