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Camera Obscura

1096 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121-1449
+1 415-750-0415
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Hold the waves in your hand

For a few dollars, you can be transported to a place you've never been. An apparition of the... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Seth M
San Francisco, California, United States
Old time San Francisco

What a blast from the past! A great time to literally look around the cliffs. A classic treasure... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
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1096 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121-1449
+1 415-750-0415
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

For a few dollars, you can be transported to a place you've never been. An apparition of the surrounding landscape and ocean appears magically on a 5-foot flattened bowl in the middle of the circular room. On a sunny day, waves sparkle and people walk,...More

Thank Seth M
Reviewed 24 April 2017

What a blast from the past! A great time to literally look around the cliffs. A classic treasure behind the cliff house right over the sea.

Thank IrishGermanSwedish
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We had made the trip to the Cliff House for lunch and came across the Camera Obscura while taken in the views. It only costs a couple dollars but is well worth a quick visit to get some nice views of the bay.

Thank Sand82014
Reviewed 9 February 2017

I always seek out obscure things for us to see when we go on a vacation. And this is certainly a random thing but worth the entry fee. Even if you don't think it's as cool as we did (we're a bunch of nerds, you're...More

Thank Ann M
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

It ain't worth the trip but it's cute if you is already there. There is only so much one can say about this.

Thank Alzor S
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Novel option for looking at a great scenery. Not worth standing in line for, but a cool option if you are in the area and have the time

Thank mymegaman
Reviewed 22 April 2016

I grew up enjoying many of the fun places in the city, (SF) that sadly most have long sense have closed or just built over like the old playland by the sea just down the hill from this gem still standing and free still in...More

Thank SurFun5389
Reviewed 20 November 2015

Well worth the paltry $3 admission. We were alone the whole time we were inside. This obscura actually has rotating lenses, so the incredibly detailed image (reflection) we see on the screen is not only in motion as it moves from ocean to street to...More

Thank Citimowse
Reviewed 26 October 2015 via mobile

For only 3 dollars each its definitely worth a look. The 360 degree view of outside display in front of you on a "plate" in a dark room.

1  Thank Shawna2004
Reviewed 25 October 2015

Not a very attractive building from the outside but prepare to be surprised. This is science at its most basic but the result is beautiful. This is a daytime activity.

3  Thank billevans67
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