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Chabot Space & Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
510-336-7373
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Ranked #10 of 47 attractions in Oakland
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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Oakland, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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colorado
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

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 helpful votes 112 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
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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
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This is a very modern, newer space located in the Oakland hills. It's very easy to get to, and once you are up in the redwoods, you get a terrific view of the bay area and a great sense of nature. This is great place for experiencing space and science! The folks working at the center were all very helpful... More

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Chico, CA
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We went up one evening for night sky viewing and were really impressed. The telescopes are something like 130 years old, and it's a real testament to their craftsmanship that the viewing was awesome. (Of course I don't have a lot to compare it with, but still) Very mixed crowd - couples, singles, people with kids, and the sweet couple... More

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Palo Alto, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We had nothing to do so we thought we would check it out. It was a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours. My 10 year old son did learn some things but in order to do so, I needed to get him to read the exhibits. When he did, he enjoyed it and definitely talked about what he... More

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

From time to time, they let you in to see the stars at night for free. It's so awe-inspiring to see outer space in their impressive telescopes!

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