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!

The Great Houdini Escape Room


Room reservations are sold on a PER ROOM basis, guaranteeing a private experience for your group. Each room reservation is good for 6 to 12 players (we recommend 8 to 10). We do NOT sell individual player tickets.

Click on a button and select your preferred time to begin the reservation process!

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

If you need assistance with your reservation, you can reach us via email at escape@palace-games.com or by calling 415-997-8522!

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


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