Edinburgh is well known for its museums but did you know that it is also home to one of the most fascinating science museums? Camera Obscura is a fantastic place for entertainment and to enjoy views of Edinburgh. Prepare to explore five floors packed full of optical experiences which have been amusing visitors of all ages and nationalities since 1853!

The Camera Obscura itself sits on the roof and features a set of mirrors and lenses that project moving images of the city onto a screen. You’ll be able to pick up projected pedestrians in your hands and redirect traffic over paper bridges. The guide narrates an entertaining history of Edinburgh while you experiment.

Camera obscura image, Havana

Throughout the rest of the building, you can observe and play with all sorts of other optical tricks. Your entrance fee enables you to come and go as you please throughout the day, and you can return the next day for free if there are more exhibits you want to see. Experiencing Camera Obscura is like stepping back in time!

Mirrors and Stars

Room-size Kaleidoscope

Please see below a wee video from inside Camera Obscura and have a look at the first attraction.


Camera Obscura is open all year around and only closes on the 25th December.
Opening hours: 

  • July – August: 9.00am to 9.00pm
  • September – October: 9.30am to 7.00pm
  • November – March: 10am to 6.00pm
  • April – June:  9.30am to 7.00pm

Standard admission prices:

  • Adult: £13.95
  • Student (with ID): £11.95
  • Senior: £11.95
  • Child (5 – 15 years): £9.95
  • Under 5s go free

St Andrew's Day Out - Marco Biagi, Camera Obscura

Ames Room

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