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Chabot Space & Science Center

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Address: 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
Phone Number: 510-336-7373
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Great views of San Francisco Bay & Oakland hills. Many engaging and interactive exhibits. fabulous for kids.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Oakland, California
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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great views of San Francisco Bay & Oakland hills. Many engaging and interactive exhibits. fabulous for kids.

Thank rej99
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wonderful learning environment for kids about space and fun events at night for friends aand couples.

Thank Pomegran2016
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A great combination of a science center and astronomy center. Your ticket includes the planetarium shows, so be sure and look up the show times before you go as most of the shows are only shown once a day. We caught their show called Astronaut and Tales of the Maya Skies. Both were excellent: informative, education, fun, and not preachy... More 

Thank Ben S
Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are local so we buy a yearly pass. We've been probably 25 times in the last 10 years. The exhibits are interactive so touching is encouraged. The museum is large, so little ones will get lots of exercise. They produce movies about technology and space which are all good. Movies show throughout the day and range 20 min to... More 

Thank TessMomx3
Medford, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first visit to an observatory and it didn't live up to our expectations, that is probably as much our fault as theirs. We did get a peak through the three big scopes after waiting in lines of up to 20 -25 minutes long. The view and explanations were a bit of a let down. The rest of... More 

Thank sp4301
Livermore, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am really not into astrology, but have been here quite a few times and have enjoyed my stay. I like learning about our galaxy and seeing it also. They have a high powered telescope that could see a Buick from Mars. Anyway this is a GREAT activity for a day out.

Thank Driver_316
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the kids to the Chabot center on Father's Day this year. My treat as much as the boys (aged 5 & 6). We were not disappointed by what on show at the center - there is a lot to see and do and you will need a good few hours (4+) to do it properly - especially the... More 

Thank grant_allan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

We definitely will comeback! Awesome place to visit with the kiddos. This was an exploration visit and we found this awesome place!

Thank Eve D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Its interesting, its small but the kids enjoy the time there. It would be great if they have meteorite pieces or thing like that.

Thank Jordanna C
Hayward, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

The Space and Science Center are situated in a beautiful park on the edge of Oakland. It is rather small, and the small scale makes me wonder if it is financially fit, but while it lasts it is a great place for kids' overnight star parties, planetarium shows and movies plus exhibits.

Thank John C

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