For details on the history and how this unique Camera Obscura works including some rare interior photos - please click here.


The Camera Obscura on Douglas Head  is operated at weekends during the summer season by volunteers and members of the Isle of Man Victorian Society.

When the flag is flying, the Camera Obscura is Open!facebooklogo

Open May to Mid-September - Saturdays 1pm - 4pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am – 4pm and subject to weather conditions or Covid Restrictions.

We need your help! Duty periods are quite short (typically up to 3 hours) and the number of volunteers usually means that they may only need to spend two sessions per year on duty.

The Victorian Society is always keen to welcome new members and volunteers; training is free of course and the more volunteers available, the less frequent the duty. If you are interested PLEASE GET IN TOUCH! or call contact

The Camera Obscura is unique,  being the only one of its type in existence. Volunteers work in pairs and are well trained before operating the facility with an experienced colleague. The facility is owned by the Isle of Man Government Department of Local Government and the Environment.

For more information on other Camera Obscuras please see