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Chabot Space & Science Center

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Address: 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619-2450
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 Place for Young and Old

This is an interactive science center with a lot of hands on activities to whet the science appetite. The telescopes are amazing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cumming, Georgia
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Cumming, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interactive science center with a lot of hands on activities to whet the science appetite. The telescopes are amazing.

Thank gawildcats
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Even Oaklanders often don't know about this little gem in the Oakland hills. Combine it with a walk in Redwood parks nearby.. Go to their website to see more info.

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Stockport, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

This place is great for young and old. Plenty of hands-on exhibits and staff to answer questions. It has a great movie theatre all about space. There are two large telescopes to look at. There is a cafe serving sandwiches and snacks and a kids menu. Fairly expensive to get in.

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

This is an excellent local Oakland feature. Free on Friday and Saturday nights you cab look through hug telescopes and see Saturn, Jupiter and more.

Thank Rob S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Always a fun time at the space & science center but expensive! They change up the exhibits and movies enough so that they were different on 3 different field trips I went on this last year. Great for kids!

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

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 July 13, 2016 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 

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Medford, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 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 

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