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Chabot Space & Science Center

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Address: 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619-2450
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+1 510-336-7373
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Outstanding science center, particularly for children

We went here on a weekday with our grandsons. While the main thrust of the center is space, it does have other science exhibits. Most exhibits are hands-on. There is even one... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
James H
Liberty, Missouri, United States
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Liberty, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here on a weekday with our grandsons. While the main thrust of the center is space, it does have other science exhibits. Most exhibits are hands-on. There is even one area reserved for preschoolers. The building is multistory, so be prepared for stairs. There is an elevator. The center shows several videos during the day on space related... More 

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

This aninteresting place to visit with children to learn about the universe. It is especially interesting when a comment passes close to earth and they open it at night for special viewings. If you want places like these to survive then patronage and visits are a must. Joining the center is even better.

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Paso Robles, CA
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Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

Attended Bay Area Children's Film Festival. Excellent event in a great setting! Besides very much enjoying the films, the visit gave us an opportunity to explore the other features of Chabot. Telescopes, educational exhibits, and really imaginative food. Free parking too. Much fun!

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Reviewed March 5, 2017

Arriving at Sunset Friday March 3rd with my wife, Chabot was lit against a starry night, with a beautiful sunset behind San Francisco. (see Pro Tip at the end) The $5 entry was a bargain. The halls were bustling with life as we went into the Megadome so see a great presentation by an Oscar nominated Pixar Storyboard artist on... More 

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London, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed March 4, 2017

We recently visited the Chabot Space & Science Center. This is a great place to see telescopes and hear from volunteers who actually built telescopes with masters of the art.

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Reviewed March 2, 2017

After living most of my life in the Bay Area, I finally went to a late Friday night viewing at the Chabot Space Center. They have several large telescopes that they aim at particularly interesting stars, planets and whatever is going on in outer space. Additionally, some hardcore astronomy freaks bring their own smaller telescopes so you get can get... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 4, 2017

A time capsule wonderful very old school telescope. Feels like "War of the World's" form 1957..lots of hands on exhibits, space suits, meteorites, etc. Go on a nice clear night and see the Moon, Jupiter, rings of Saturn, just wonderful to light the fire of curiosity in young and old minds.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed January 22, 2017

this is a great place to learn so much The exhibits are often hands on and fun as well as learning The docents are helpful and informative

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Marin county, CA
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Reviewed January 18, 2017

This museum is mostly made up of relatively small rooms with hands-on exhibits for young kids (probably under 10). There are also a few fairly rudimentary displays of old space capsules and some space gear. Where the real meat of the place comes in is the planetarium (designed more like an IMAX theater with an even bigger screen) and the... More 

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Reviewed October 17, 2016

We went on a special evening Friday (first of the month) $5. You can see a 130 years old telescope that is still working clearly. Lots of astronaut suits and areas for kids to play. Highly recommended.

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