05 May
13 Oct

Guesting at the Philologicum library: The LMU Eye Hospital collection

Opening hours / Beginning:

Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

5 May 2023 - 13 October 2023


Foyer of the Philologicum library (ground floor) Ludwigstraße 25 80539 München
Historical eyeglasses of the collection of the Eye Clinic of the LMU Munich

Historical eyeglasses of the collection of the Eye Clinic of the LMU Munich | © Augenklinik der LMU München

The LMU Munich Eye Hospital collection will be on display at the Philologicum library. The exhibits will be accompanied by a selection of items from the historical University Library collection covering the period from the Late Middle Ages to the 20th century.

The Eye Hospital collection features medical devices and documents that mirror the hospital’s history since its inception in 1856. It is the only surviving historical collection of instruments at any LMU hospital.

The exhibition covers varied aspects of ophthalmological treatment, including devices to test eyesight and a historical collection of glasses and lens boxes.

Taken together, the exhibits trace developments from in some cases very obscure – and obsolete – methods of treatment to modern-day medical instruments. A set of ‘votive eyes’ also illustrates the historical link between faith and medicine. Overall, the exhibition gives a fascinating insight into over 500 years of ophthalmology.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit the University Library website.

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