Madeira Optics Museum, Funchal

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The Madeira Optics Museum, also known as Museu de √ďptica da Madeira, is a specialized museum located in Funchal, Madeira that showcases a permanent collection of optics-related devices.

This museum features objects from all areas of optics, acquired all around the world, and have been collected from the 1960s until nowadays.
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  • Really nice and big collection of cameras, optics and other stuff. The owner was a really nice guy and my girlfriend purchased a nice camera from him. He even fixed some minor things first and... 
    Really nice and big collection of cameras, optics and other stuff. The owner was a really nice guy and my girlfriend purchased a nice camera from him. He even fixed some minor things first and...  more »
  • A great way to spend some time if you are interested in Photography and Optics. A family collection now on show for all to see. A very knowledgeable owner if you have any questions 
    A great way to spend some time if you are interested in Photography and Optics. A family collection now on show for all to see. A very knowledgeable owner if you have any questions  more »
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  • A great collection spanning from binoculars, crazy & tiny 17,5mm film cameras, video projectors, telescopes and even stereoscopic imagery as well as enlargers. Huge selection of 135 and 120 cameras. Well worth a visit and Sergio, the owner, is great to talk to and nerd about everything that has a lens. ūüĎć
  • A beautifully and carefully laid out museum in Funchal featuring a vast collection mainly consisting of cameras along with many binoculars, telescopes, and so on. Depending on your age this will either be a trip down memory lane or will open your eyes to a whole new (old) world of how photography used to be done. Once you've explored the camera, video camera, and binocular collection downstairs, head upstairs to see telescopes and photo developing equipment. There are also old films from Madeira projected onto the wall here, providing enormous historical interest - and comfy sofas to relax on while you watch! There's 20-30 minutes worth of viewing so a good chance to relax. Everything is clearly and informatively labelled in the exhibits. The museum is compact but has so much in it. You could do it in an hour but we happily spent two hours there. What really made it for us was the passion, enthusiasm, and friendliness of the owner/curator, who clearly had a real knowledge of the material. If you've any interest at all in optics this is definitely worth seeing.

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