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A curiosity worth seeing

We were visiting Ocean Beach and Land's End so took in a visit here. Nestling beside Cliff House it... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018

An interesting walk back in time while enjoys the amazing panoramic views of the area. There is a... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2018
Arvada, Colorado
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1096 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121-1449
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed March 14, 2019 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed January 4, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank younged
Reviewed December 4, 2018

I used to live in SF and at least once a week I’d head out to the Cliff House for breakfast, the Mechanical Museum, and the Camera Obscura. I went mid-week, few tourists. The guy who ran the Camera Obscura would play new age spacey...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

We were visiting Ocean Beach and Land's End so took in a visit here. Nestling beside Cliff House it is a curiosity from the past. Before the invention of photography and its film this was a spectacular way to intrigue the public with large-scale images...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank permia
Reviewed July 15, 2018

Pay $3 for an old-timey attraction that projects an image of the outside onto a big screen, with a few holograms on the walls. Then go outside and see the scenery yourself. Was it interesting? Sure. Did I need to go out of my way...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank naturetack
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Feels like this place is from a bygone era when you walk up to it and once you get inside. But the giant obscura camera shows a view of the beach that is worth a look. I loved pondering the science behind the images we...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank mama2potter
Reviewed June 18, 2018

It's worth checking out the Camera Obscura if you're over by the Cliff House but I wouldn't make it a destination. At $3/person it didn't seem worth it for what was a 5-minute self-guided tour of the inside. The bowl inside is cool.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Cold417
Reviewed May 27, 2018

An interesting walk back in time while enjoys the amazing panoramic views of the area. There is a small fee and parking can be a bit challenging. It was well worth the visit and the attraction itself is located on an amazing iconic place too.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank tattersall_12
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

Our family fell in love with the view! It’s so beautiful! One of God’s masterpiece! Can’t believe this is just a fee mins. away from the city.

Date of experience: May 2018
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