All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Sunday, October 09, 2005

It's Not Just for Kids

One of the best places to view the beauty of Maine may be a dark room in Portland.

Those who come without children in tow to visit the Old Port and Portland Head Light probably skip The Children's Museum of Maine on Free Street. But there is one aspect of the museum that visitors of every age should check out at least once: the camera obscura.

The mechanics of the camera obscura are described well on a website called The Magic Mirror of Life. In short, images of the world outside the museum—namely, Downtown Portland and Casco Bay—are projected by a lens-and-mirror assembly into a darkened room, and onto a 42-inch table. The images projected appear real because, well, they are real. As the museum's website says, "It's like being inside a giant eyeball."

Admission to only the camera obscura is $3. When you're finished, step next door to the Portland Museum of Art.
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