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Chabot Space & Science Center

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Address: 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
Phone Number: +1 510-336-7373
10:00 - 17:00
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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.

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Awesome observatory

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 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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