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 can accommodate a maximum of 10 players (we recommend 8, but you can play with as few as 6). We do NOT sell individual player tickets.

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Questions? Large Group? Check out our FAQ, Players Under 18Things 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!

Learn more about Palace Games’ other escape  rooms – The Roosevelt Escape Room and The Edison Escape Room!


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