Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland

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Observatory · Hidden Gem · Science Museum
Chabot Space and Science Center, located in Oakland, California, is a center for science learning featuring interactive exhibits, planetariums, a large screen theater, hands-on activities and three powerful telescopes.

The Center is the continuation and expansion of a public observatory that has served San Francisco Bay Area schools and citizens with astronomy and science education programs since 1883. It is named after the father of hydraulic mining and benefactor of the original Oakland Observatory, Anthony Chabot. Since 2000, the Center has been located on the western border of Redwoods Regional Park.
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  • My friends and I had an amazing experience at Chabot Space and Science Center. We had a small group reservation at the outdoor observatory due to Covid regulations and the team at Chabot Space took...  more »
  • We became family members on the first visit! This place is a little gem hidden in the hills above Berkeley/Oakland and has heaps of kid-friendly hands-on activities to explore (toddlers to...  more »
  • Good place for kids to learn about space & science. They have a little laboratory for kids for fun. So so friendly volunteers. Show time 1PM-3PM and another 5PM. I love this place so much.
  • Such a surprise to see a space center here in Oakland. The stargazing on Friday & Saturday nights is FREE, even when it's overcast or too humid the volunteers will be there with the lights on, ready to talk & answer any questions. I've taken my daughter several times & it's so exciting to see what they've pointed the scopes at!

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