We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Chabot Space & Science Center

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
Phone Number:
+1 510-336-7373
See all hours
Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Wed - Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 22:00

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 120 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 53
  • 47
    Very good
  • 12
  • 5
  • 0
Wonderful very old school telescope..

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
New York City, New York
Add Photo Write a Review

120 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 117: English reviews
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank specking
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 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

Thank alameagirl
Marin county, CA
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 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 

Thank BayArean
Level Contributor
52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 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.

Thank Olfakt
Cumming, Georgia
Level Contributor
215 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

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

Thank gawildcats
Level Contributor
17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 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.

Thank dontripOakland
Stockport, UK
Level Contributor
137 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 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.

Thank margaretpat
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
396 reviews
182 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 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
Level Contributor
66 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 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!

Thank Katey B
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

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

Thank rej99

Travellers who viewed Chabot Space & Science Center also viewed


Been to Chabot Space & Science Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Chabot Space & Science Center and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
El Cerrito, California

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Chabot Space & Science Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?