A Unique Adventure Inside
San Francisco’s Historic Palace of Fine Arts

Hands down the BEST escape room ever!! — Trip Advisor review, August 2015

Legend has it that the great Harry Houdini built the world’s first “escape room” 100 years ago inside the Palace of Fine Arts, as a challenge to 8 brilliant innovators, to see if they could escape his contraption filled room within 80 minutes. These innovators — Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Charlie Chaplin, John Philip Sousa, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Helen Keller, and Luther Burbank — all participated in the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 in San Francisco. The room is now open to the general public, available by reservation only. Part mystery, part history, all fun!


Room reservations are sold on a PER ROOM basis and are good for 6 to 12 players (we recommend 8 to 10). We currently do NOT sell individual player tickets. This calendar shows available room times — Houdini Room time slots are in red and Roosevelt Room time slots are in blue. Click on a time slot to begin the reservation process.

Questions? Large Group? Check out our FAQ, How to Book for Your Group SizeThings to Know About the Houdini Room, and our Booking Information & Policies.

Booking Information & Policies

Arrival Information

Click here for more information about Palace Games’ newest room — The Roosevelt Escape Room!


  • Vote for Palace Games in USA Today’s 10Best Escape Rooms!

    Vote for Palace Games in USA Today’s 10Best Escape Rooms!

    We are very excited to announce that we have been chosen as one of the top escape rooms by USA Today and have been nominated to be in the country’s top ten! It is an honor to be selected for this list and, needless to say, we are all pretty excited over here at Palace […]Read More »
  • December Update

    December Update

    Happy holidays from Palace Games, makers of The Great Houdini EscapeRoom in the Palace of Fine Arts! We wanted to give you a brief update of current programs and new escape games coming from Palace Games. 1) Houdini Room Gift Cards Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Great Houdini Escape Room gift certificates […]Read More »
  • Announcing the First Annual Crisis Text Line Escape Tournament

    Announcing the First Annual Crisis Text Line Escape Tournament

    Palace Games is pleased to be hosting the FIRST ANNUAL ESCAPE TOURNAMENT to support Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis. Purchase a special ticket for the Great Houdini Escape Room to help us reach our goal of $20,000, which covers the cost of a full weekend of counseling. MORE INFORMATION.Read More »