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They only allow so many people in at a time so be prepared to wait your turn. There are two... read more

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This was much more interesting than I had expected. What an invention! I was awed that it was... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They only allow so many people in at a time so be prepared to wait your turn. There are two rooftop patios that you can explore while you wait so bring a hat and some sunglasses.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was much more interesting than I had expected. What an invention! I was awed that it was invented so long ago.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Laverne G
Reviewed October 23, 2018

This is the most hidden gem in cuba town. It is very amazing to witness this live. The guide was very informative of what we were seeing and also for our questions. It was so fun to go here. This is on the 7th/8th floor...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Loved this place. Great views over Havana, and excellent talk given in English as well as Spanish. Well worth it.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank fmanklow
Reviewed September 4, 2018

THis place is aboslutely great if th eguide explaining is the right person.The place is very ineteresting and th eviews out of the camera are awesome too. The guide is important here. Last time I was there, it was a tall man able to speak...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Daniel S
Reviewed August 23, 2018

Camera Obscura is located on the 7th floor of a building in Havana Veja Plaza. From there you can admire the whole city from above. A brief explanation of the operation of the room is included and the various neighborhoods of Cuba are seen enlarged....More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank lucia05viaggiatore
Reviewed August 22, 2018

I must have been there on a good day because even though the building was initially closed (for lunch?) and then there was a queue of people, the lift was working. The lady who demonstrated the camera kindly did her presentation in English as well...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ann T
Reviewed July 24, 2018

We took the elevator to the roof and paid the 2 peso entrance fee, kids free. Great experience plus after the show you get to see lots of old Havana from the rooftop.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Edwin F
Reviewed July 8, 2018

Great view of Havana, Cuba with a wonderful breeze. No working elevator so it comes at a price, five floors of stairs. The views from this five story roof were great, lots to see and a different perspective of the city. The dark room Camera...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Warren F
Reviewed May 31, 2018

An excellent opportunity to kill two birds with one stone if travelling to Havana. The rooftop has excellent panoramic views of the city and particularly the hive of activity on its rooftops. And for $2 you can go into the camera obscura where we received...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Grace M
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Response from LckyS | Reviewed this property |
It was 2 dollars. Very worth it!
December 12, 2016|
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Response from blackadder2016 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they are welcome. But telling them in advance that they are going to a Camera Obscura will bring on puzzled looks. It depends on the age (I'm thinking more here of single digits and pre-teens), so tell them it is like... More
October 22, 2016|
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Response from Penny S | Reviewed this property |
According to Camera Obscura Havana's website, it is open Monday to Saturday 10 - 5.20. Hope this helps.