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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions

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Camera Obscura and World of Illusions Review

Want to view Edinburgh as Victorian travelers once did? Then head for the 17th-century Outlook Tower's camera obscura, where an optical instrument—a sort of projecting periscope—affords bird's-eye views of the whole city (on a clear day, that is) illuminated onto a concave table. The tower was significantly altered in the 1850s with the installation of the telescopic "magic lantern." Other attractions include a Magic Gallery with optical illusions, holograms, pin-hole photography, and rooftop views.

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  • Address: Castlehill, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH99 2ND | Map It
  • Phone: 0131/226–3709
  • Cost: £12.95
  • Hours: Apr.–June, Sept., and Oct., daily 9:30–7; July–Aug., daily 9:30–9; Nov.–Mar., daily 10–6
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  • Location: Old Town
Updated: 01-13-2014

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