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Chabot Space & Science Center

Science Museum, Café, and Planetarium
26 Tips and reviews
  • telescope
  • scenic views
  • museums
  • exhibits
  • astrology
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  • Aaron P.
    Aaron PFebruary 24, 2015
    First time visitor. Planetarium and laser show were very cool. Had sandwiches for lunch and they were surprisingly delicious despite their $10 price tag. On that note, the place was filthy...
  • RLR Masterhandyman on Piedmont Ave. M.
    Talk w/ folks there and go on a clear night. I'm saying be prepared to interact with the really nice and very involved folks that are available.regal if you slow down.
  • Duane M.
    Duane MowrerMarch 15
    The theaters (and the movies they show) are worth a trip just by themselves - but so is everything else. See it all, even if you have to come more than once.
  • George D.
    George DyFebruary 16, 2015
    Beautiful view from the observation deck and extremely knowledgable staff. Definitely consider an annual pass and look out for deals on Groupon.
  • Smithsonian Channel
    Smithsonian ChannelJune 23, 2011
    A time-honored Oakland institution, the center has been peering into the California skies nightly for more than 125 years with its three telescopes, Leah, Rachel and Nellie. (From Aerial America) Read more
  • Ari C.
    Ari CFebruary 23, 2014
    Call and check for private events before you go. They're open until 10pm on Saturdays but closed early at 5 for a private event.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 30, 2011
    Did you know? Founded in 1883, Chabot Space and Science Center is today the largest public telescope facility in the nation. Read more
  • NASA
    NASADecember 7, 2010
    Astronauts have to cope with both physical and mental challenges when living in confines of a spacecraft. Learn how they do this by trying out exercise gear, space tools, and eating astronaut food! Read more
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussNovember 15, 2016
    A must for any night with an astrological event. Great viewing through the big historic 'scopes
  • Bill K.
    Bill KennedyFebruary 19, 2016
    Come on a clear weekend night and look through their awesome telescopes!
  • Yoplait
    YoplaitSeptember 6, 2011
    A great place to exercise your brain AND have fun! Find hands-on, interactive access to fun exhibits, displays and videos about planet earth and the universe.
  • Dora
    DoraJune 30, 2010
    The annual New Year's Balloon Drop is a fun way to celebrate New Year’s Eve day with the kids. Buy tickets in advance, though, because it always sells out.Powered by Read more
  • Nico F.
    Nico FisherJuly 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    First year they're doing summer camp! Ezra is taking video game design and a rocket lab!
  • Katrin
    KatrinOctober 8, 2014
    The warm sandwiches at the Bean Sprout Cafe are fabulous!
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MorelandApril 16, 2016
    Best place to park if you are at the park before the sun comes up!
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PalmerApril 1, 2017
    A bit pricey for what is there. Mostly empty rooms with a few hands on dioramas for older kids.
  • Rod S.
    Rod ShieldsDecember 22, 2012
    Just sampled the sweetest chocolate all the way down to the bitterest.
  • Malyssa G.
    Malyssa GilliamAugust 2, 2013
    Definitely not an entire day affair. See a planetarium show at night and view the telescopes. Seems like that would be more entertaining.
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron MuszalskiSeptember 26, 2011
    Come for the space, stay for the science!
  • Rae C.
    Rae C.September 23, 2014
    The kids love the planetarium.
  • isica l.
    isica lynnJune 30, 2010
    Free telescope viewing on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Ingrid V.
    Ingrid VierneAugust 11, 2014
    Real space stuff
  • TerraTopia
    TerraTopiaMay 17, 2011
    Get up close and personal with the stars! Read more
  • Timothy V.
    Timothy VogelNovember 10, 2009
    free looks at the universe through 3 different and FABULOUS telescopes every Fri-Sat night after dark Read more
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PalmerApril 1, 2017
    Not much for kids under 5.
  • HerMajesty Ms. Mecca
    HerMajesty Ms. MeccaSeptember 19, 2010
    decent food for the kids, prices are average
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