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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 6 November 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 28 May 2018
tattersall_12
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Arvada, Colorado
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 December 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
Thank Peg M
Reviewed 6 November 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 15 July 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
Thank natechertack
Reviewed 18 June 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 18 June 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 28 May 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 21 May 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
Thank jayenmaricard
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Great spot to visit. Great views of the pacific, easy access to beach areas. Not overly crowded. Especially nice for adults.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Carol R
Reviewed 30 December 2017

Closed when I visited (Dec 27th). Called the number and it says open daily, weather permitting. It's sunny and clear. Second time I have tried to come here and it's closed Again! in perfect weather. At least update the phone message to say closed today....More

Date of experience: December 2017
5  Thank jbracer2
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