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Chabot Space & Science Center

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Address: 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
Phone Number: 510-336-7373
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Chabot Space & Science Center inspires and educates students of all...

Chabot Space & Science Center inspires and educates students of all ages about our Planet Earth and the Universe.

Its historic telescopes and observatory, planetarium, hands-on interactive exhibits, and natural park setting are a place where students, teachers, and the public can imagine, understand, and learn to shape their future through science. Chabot's three large telescopes are open to the public on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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This an interesting museum for 8-16 year olds. Lots of excellent hands-on exhibits as well space equipment to dive in and enjoy. There is an large theater which several... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

This an interesting museum for 8-16 year olds. Lots of excellent hands-on exhibits as well space equipment to dive in and enjoy. There is an large theater which several presentations daily. Since we were there in the morning and clouds that didn't work out.

Thank yogiacomo
Concord, California
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

I've never been here during the day, but I suppose a person can come during the day. The last night I was here I had a docent give me a tour. It was so much fun, especially looking through the huge telescopes.

1 Thank AnonymousPurveyor
Berkeley, California
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67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Numerous exhibits, good programs, and telescope viewing at night are all features of this science museum. There's also a telescope workshop for grinding your own mirror and making your own Dobsonian telescope. Sadly the museum is very pricey which will scare away some families.

Thank desertsage55
Oakland, California
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The museum is great for kids that are a little older. The best star viewing at night (when it is clear) that part is free! dress warmly.

Thank marciapolo
Charlottesville, Virginia
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81 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Chabot Space and Science Center is an excellent place to take the kids for a day of hands-on science fun. Many exhibits, including telescopes through which one can see many of the wonders of the universe, are available.

Thank Jeff M
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I always enjoy visiting this place and my kids just love the planetarium. I think adults will enjoy the spectacle as much as the children. They also feature 30-minute shows, we saw the laser show that time plus they also have telescopes outside where you can marvel at the night sky. Science enthusiasts will definitely enjoy this.

Thank dlsoan
San Francisco, California
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

If you like Cosmonaut History, have young kids, are a science geek, or love bigger-than-life Telescopes then you might as well purchase your ticket online now and get yourself to the Chabot Space Center! First off I have to say that this center is located in a the beautiful setting 2.5 miles off the freeway in Oakland. The scent of... More 

1 Thank Goldie J
Newark, California
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39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

I am used to museums and things having a lot more stuff to look at than is here. There were a lot of exhibits but I felt a lot of it was outside the realm of Space. We only got to see one show, the Tale of the Moon. It was interesting. The Projection system was out dated. I did... More 

Thank SunnyOnTheGo
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

We had a very interesting experience and visit. Lots of things to learn and shown in a nice way. Equipment heavily used. For my taste too expensive. Has San Francisco pricing level.

Thank Fernando B
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

What sets this place apart from your average space and science museum is the telescopes. They have three. One of which is over 100 years old and they all function. On a clear day they have them set up so you can look through them and in the evenings they have star viewing. And that was free when we went.... More 

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