"Camera Abscura~" Top 5 Page for this destination Main Street Tip by Yaqui

Main Street, Santa Monica: 4 reviews and 7 photos


We walked past this building and I wished we had went in so please make a point to check it out. Inside the Senior Center they have saved a wonderful piece of Santa Monica's history. Inside is device called a camera abscura. There is a turret that holds the lens and mirror that reflects the light and image down to another mirror disk. There is a ships wheel that you can use to turn the lens turret 360 degrees. What a wonderful simple invention. Glad they have saved it all these years for people to enjoy!

Address: 1450 Ocean Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90407
Directions: From the north or south on the 405 Freeway, take I-10 West. Drive west on I-10 and exit freeway at 4th/5th Street exit. Go north on 5th St. to Colorado Ave. Make a left on Colorado Ave. and drive straight to Ocean Avenue.
Phone: (310) 458-8644
Website: http://brightbytes.com/cosite/santamont.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 30, 2011
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