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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
permia
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Ireland
Interesting!

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

Reviewed May 27, 2018
tattersall_12
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Arvada, Colorado
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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
Thank jehenson81
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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