Antique and Historical Optical Device Collection

The College of Optical Sciences is proud to offer access to its collection of antique and historic telescopes, microscopes, lenses and cameras. These specimens represent work by the world’s most respected instrument makers from the 18th century to the present.


The Museum of Optics online collection is currently undergoing considerable updates and upgrades. We invite you to visit us in person at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences.


The Collection of Antique and Historical Optics at the College of Optical Sciences is intended to provide insight into the history and development of the field of optical science and engineering. Examples are sought of all aspects of this development from the ancient times to the present.

Donations are welcomed for inclusion in this collection. Please contact us for more information.