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Camera Obscura, Havana

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Experience 17th-century optics in action at Camera Obscura. The educational experience provides insight into the nature of light and our ability to perceive it, capture it, and reproduce images created by it. You can also walk around the roof and soak in captivating vistas of old Havana and its harbor, or view the city through different optic lenses for a more abstract perspective. Make Camera Obscura part of your personalized Havana itinerary using our Havana vacation trip planner.
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  • It's would be easy to walk by this without a look in. Tickets are sold just outside of the building. A lift takes you to the top and enter a darkened room, where a multi-lingual, amusing hostess will ...  more »
  • I had heard about this and finally had time to go up with my kids and do it. There is pretty startling darkness when the viewing time starts, but the detail seen through the mirrors are incredible. It...  more »
  • Rising here, expecting to see something like a lookout. But in the end, this type of telescope with the projection of the surroundings on the metal "dish". What is also interesting in General. For tourists the information duplicated in English.
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  • Nice place to orientate in Havana, it literally a Camera Oscura that shows you thanks to lenses and mirrors Havana and its main spots in real time, Nice view from the terrace just outside
  • Very nice place to learn from and take kids in.
  • A must see for Havana tourists. The camera obscura is is an antique that would never be built today. Originally it was a gift from a Spanish Prince to Cuba. The camera obscura is really mesmerizing children and adults alike were captivated by the quality of images it could produce
  • Cámara Oscura (or Darkroom) offers nice views of Habana Vieja and the Harbor. The primitive device is quite impressive. One of the more unique things you'll see anywhere -- well worth the visit.
  • Great place for pictures, cocktails and enjoying the old Habana.