Camera Obscura

4.465 Votes Currently Closed
  • Address: 1096 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, United States
  • Timings: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-4157500415
  • Ticket Price: 3 USD
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Historical Site, Architecture

One look from the outside and you know this place does not take itself too seriously. It’s basically a giant camera obscura.  Built in 1946 it was registered as a national historic place in 2001.  Camera obscuras have a long history in San Francisco. The image this particular massive device produces is projected onto a large parabolic white table inside the building. Every six minutes, the metal hood in the cupola of the building does a full 360 degree turn. It’s a short, but sweet and amusing little attraction, that also happens to have a great view of Point Lobos and Seal Rocks.

Camera Obscura Travel Tips

  • It may be closed in times of bad weather. Call ahead to verify.

Entrance Ticket Details For Camera Obscura

  • EUR 2 for under 12 years of age.

How to Reach Camera Obscura

  • Bus 38, 38AX, 38R stop 48th Ave & Point Lobos Ave

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  • Camera Obscura Address: 1096 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121, United States
  • Camera Obscura Contact Number: +1-4157500415
  • Camera Obscura Timing: 11:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Camera Obscura Price: 3 USD
  • Time required to visit Camera Obscura: 00:30 Mins
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  • 0.31% of people who visit San Francisco include Camera Obscura in their plan

  • 95% of people start their Camera Obscura visit around 11 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Camera Obscura


People normally also visit Golden Gate Park while planning their trip to Camera Obscura.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Camera Obscura Reviews & Ratings

  • The view was spectacular outside, however it was not open when we showed up. We went back 3 times because this was on our list of things to see and it wasn’t ever open! It was so disappointing. We were there right at 11 and then at around 12, then went back at 2. No luck. They should have a sign saying when it won’t be open.

  • Not sure what that thing is, always mildly troubled by it as I think it might be haunted.

  • Great place to visit and enjoy your day with the family and kids lots of hidden stuff around available to explore great parking great stuff great service very recommend to everyone at all ages

  • This attraction is tucked away behind the Cliff House at Lands End. You won’t find it unless you’re looking. It is worth spending $3 on the admission fee to see the spectacular projection inside. The person manning the ticket counter also gives an explanation of how the mechanism works and is happy to answer any questions. I heartily recommend this one.

  • 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 to go? Maybe not.

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