Santa Monica Camera Obscura

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Photograph: Michael Juliano
Downtown Santa Monica Free

The drive to Santa Monica requires a time investment and patience no matter where you're coming from. In the midst of that eagle-eyed determination to defeat traffic, it's easy to overlook one of the most unique attractions right in the heart of downtown SM: the camera obscura. The old optical contraption is a historical and offbeat place to catch your breath, whether you're waiting for late stragglers to your dinner reservations or trying to find a quiet escape from the pier.

Venue name: Santa Monica Camera Obscura
Address: 1450 Ocean Ave
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 3pm; Sat 11am-4pm
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