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Chabot Space & Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
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Ranked #16 of 54 attractions in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums
Traveler Description: Surround yourself with dazzling sights of the universe at Chabot Space and Science Center, located in the Oakland hills, just 10 minutes from... more »
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Pattaya, Thailand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

It Isn't The Griffith Observatory, But Doesn't Pretend To Be. The Staff Were Friendly, The Exhibits Ok, If You Want A Real Experience And See 'Ton' Of Space Memorabilia, Hit The Evergreen Center In McMinnville Oregon...But Was OK For a Couple Of Hours....:)

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Tracy, California
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155 reviews 155 reviews
101 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

In 1883, the original observatory was built in Downtown Oakland, California, at Jefferson and 11th Street. The institution back then, was simply known as the “Oakland Observatory,” and was a gift from Anthony Chabot to the City of Oakland. The original telescope provided the public and the community free viewing of the night skies. For decades, the observatory also served... More

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North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Had some nice exhibits. I saw a program about the Mayan calendar and the common perception that it predicted the "end of time". Informative and nicely done. They served a strong helping of "learning experiences" for children which were most notable for their heavy-handed "social consciousness". Fairly weak on the science and strong on the locally favored philosophy. Not my... More

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Oakland, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

every now and then i will visit the chabot center, i wish they have more news updates and more things to look at. is really the same thing over and over. but yet at least i still enjoy and refresh my memory of what i learned as a kid.

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Oakland, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Chabot Space and Science Center is a good place to go with family/friends. The planetarium shows are fun and informative, and the exhibits are interesting. While there is an admission fee to get into the museum portion, you can go up to the center Friday through Sunday night for free star gazing through their big telescopes-this is great fun,... More

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sf bay area
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

One of the great secrets of the SF Bay Area in Oakland is the FREE telescope viewing on Friday and Saturday nights nearly all year long, weather permitting. Just drive up the hill, follow the signs from Hiway 13, park in the lot and walk up the side driveway to the gate. Chabot has THREE beautiful telescopes: two refractors -... More

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Overall not a bad museum, but really oriented to children. They have some interesting projections of the sun and fun to look thru the telescopes when available. For kids or families with children would rate it higher, but for adults would make a pass unless they are presenting an adult program or the view of the heavens thru the telescope.

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Piedmont, California
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112 reviews 112 reviews
50 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Although we've gone here with adults, it is really a kid-friendly place. Good exhibits, top quality science movies and an observatory that is open to the public for major events, like eclipses. The docents are always helpful too. I'm looking forward to taking my grandchildren there.

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Oakland, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

A stellar place to see the stars where the sky is the limit. Learn from professional and amateur astronomers who guide your sight to great late night views of all that surround us.

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Oakland, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This wonderful museum is under-utilized. It's in a beautiful setting among the redwoods and I think few people know it's there. They have the best IMAX theater I've ever seen, and a terrific planetarium as well. They have wonderful educational programs for adults and children, as well a large telescope which you can look through. Check out their website for... More

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