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Adrienne T wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
This was the first Camera Obscura I had ever visited or heard of. Still my favorite primarily due to the location. Fascinating mix of history and nature and just plain mesmerizing. I have since traveled to many Camera Obscuras in the world. Well worth the money and well worth the time.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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gypsymamma wrote a review Aug 2019
Minnesota659 contributions219 helpful votes
This was interesting but not worth a special trip unless you're really into these types of things. It's not really a camera but a series of mirrors that projects the live image of what's happening outside into a dark room, into a large bowl-like screen. You stand around the screen and watch as the mirrors spin and give a 360 degree view of the outside. It was $3 per person and took less than 5 minutes. Funny side note- after a minute of watching the screen I started to feel nauseous as if I was getting motion sick. I shuffled towards the door and mentioned why to my daughter and the lady attendant said "I've never had anyone report that before" in an incredulous tone. I don't know if she thought I was full of it or what. Maybe I'm overly sensitive or nobody's ever mentioned it to her, but yes I did start to feel woozy and dizzy so keep that in mind if you are easily affected.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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redhead_roaming wrote a review Jun 2019
Seattle, Washington2,303 contributions373 helpful votes
It is $3 (cash) for adults for kids (if I remember correctly). The gentleman is very nice and when I didn't have cash, he directed me to the ATM inside the restaurant. I paid my $3 and went inside. The room is the size of a small bedroom so if there is more than 6 people in it, it would probably start to feel squished (though I doubt there would ever be that many people at one time in there). In a large bowl-like disc in the middle of the room, they outside world is projected. It works like your eye, when the image gets flipped. I can appreciate that this is a very interesting and semi-important part of history, I'd like it to still be around for years to come and for $3, it's worth checking out but only if you're nearby. My aunt & uncle who live in the area actually made reservations at the restaurant for lunch one day so since we were already there, I spent 10 minutes getting money, going inside and then wandering around outside, observing the pyramid on top rotating, capturing the images.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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jehenson81 wrote a review Mar 2019
Washington DC, District of Columbia21,780 contributions1,125 helpful votes
I understand that it had been raining earlier in the day and was still windy but I was so sad to come upon the Camera Obscura around 1pm on a Saturday to find it closed. I had seen a Camera Obscura in London and was looking forward to the experience here.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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younged wrote a review Jan 2019
Cochabamba, Bolivia27 contributions11 helpful votes
there are only a handful of cameras obscura in the world, and their history and impact on culture is fascinating. seal rock and ocean beach is the essence of SF for me - lived here 8 years in the 80s. ocean beach and the jazz clubs~
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Date of experience: February 2018
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