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. Use our Havana online travel route planner to arrange your visit to Camera Obscura and other attractions in Havana.
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  • An impulse visit, on our last day, but well worth it! I didn't realise that these are so unusual, so took the lift to the roof (the views of the city are great even without the camera obscura). REALLY...  more »
  • Beautiful views across Havana once you get to the roof. The Camera Obscura itself is good fun and gives you a birds eye tour of the city in real time. You have to purchase tickets from the small kiosk...  more »
  • located on the roof top, gives you 360 view over old Havana. beautiful view on Plaza Vieja and Old Havana  more »
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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
  • 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.
  • Very nice place to learn from and take kids in.
  • Great views of Havana Vieja and the camera obscure is really cool. Definitely worth a visit.

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