Come and experience the wonders of our Camera Obscura, here at Gainsborough’s House and on the road.

Our permanent camera obscura, situated in the stunning landscape studio, allows visitors to gain a 360-degree view of Gainsborough’s hometown of Sudbury and the landscapes which inspired him. A predecessor to modern photography, discover how this centuries-old contraption works and even have a go at operating it yourself.

Our nomadic camera obscura has visited festivals and events across Suffolk. See below to discover where you can next find us on the road.

Come and see the magic for yourself!

Every Thursday between 1–3pm, drop-in. 

Other session times are available, contact or ask for Front of House at 01787 372958 for details.

Camera Obscura FAQs

There are 74 Camera Obscuras in the world, with 21 of those being in the UK (including Gainsborough’s House).