An average visit to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions takes an hour and a half to two hours. Some visitors come and go all day with hand stamps, whereas some are looking to fill time before dinner. Some arrive too late for the Camera Obscura show and have limited time before closing. For those who find themselves with less than an hour to spend here, these are the top ten exhibits you cannot miss, as voted for by staff and visitors alike!
1. Rooftop, Level 6
Start your visit on the top floor of the building on the rooftop terrace. We have incredible views of Edinburgh, particularly on a clear day:
2. Electricity Room, Level 5
On the next floor down, the Magic Gallery, you’ll find the electricity room. See the giant plasma dome, the only crackle ball in Europe and chat to the Luminglass (like in Star Trek).
3. Mirrors, Level 5
You might have been drawn in by the crazy mirrors outside, and here you’ll find more.
4. Shadow Wall, Level 5
Make like Peter Pan and capture your shadow.
Now it’s time to head downstairs again to the…
5. Ames Room, Level 4
This is one of the most unusual and yet recognisable photos you’ll take away from your visit. Shrink and grow like Alice in Wonderland in the Ames Room.
6. Morph Machines, Level 4
Have you ever wondered what you’ll look like aged 60? As a man (or woman, if you’re not)? As a chimp? Of course you have, and you can find out just how pretty a chimp you’d make with the morph machines.
As you head downstairs again to level 3, follow the ‘way in’ sign into the exhibitions so that you can walk through the Infinity Corridor on the way to the next exhibit.
7. View Cameras, Level 3
These powerful cameras provide amazing views of the city. See boats on the Forth and trams on Prince’s Street, or just spy on people on the Royal Mile.
8. Heat Camera, Level 3
Find your hot spots with the thermal camera.
Now it’s time to head down to the final floor, Bewilderworld. (Make sure you’re there at least ten minutes before closing to enjoy these exhibitions.)
9. Mirror Maze, Level 2
Don’t get too lost in there…!
10. Vortex, Level 2
You cannot leave Camera Obscura without a walk or stumble through the Vortex tunnel. See why this is one of our most popular exhibits – even if you decide not to venture into it!
Do you agree with these choices? What were your favourite exhibits at Camera Obscura and World of Illusions?