Santa Monica, California: Camera Obscura - Giant Pinhole Camera

Coast view projected onto the innards of the primitive giant camera.

Senior Recreation Center

1450 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA
Ocean Avenue and Broadway. Upstairs. Ask at the desk for the key to get inside.
M-F 9-3, Sa 11-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free with ID
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Camera Obscura.

Camera Obscura - Giant Pinhole Camera

An update: this is no longer a senior center but an art/culture center. Still run by the City of Santa Monica. Offers classes and events around arts/crafts/movement/optics themes.

[Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, 08/03/2015]

Camera Obscura.

Camera Obscura - Giant Pinhole Camera

The Camera Obscura is inside the senior recreation center. It's upstairs but you have to get the key first from the desk.

Senior aerobics were going on while we were there. We looked lost and an employee helped us find it. Trust me, it was worth it.

[Mike, 06/22/2010]

Like its counterpart in San Francisco, the Camera Obscura is a room-sized example of early photography technology, capturing a Pacific Ocean image though a pinhole.

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