Chabot Space & Science Center

10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland CA 94619
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Opening Hours

  • Wed: 10am-5pm
  • Thu: 10am-5pm
  • Fri: 10am-5pm
  • Sat: 10am-5pm
  • Sun: 10am-5pm


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Founded as an observatory in 1883, Chabot Space & Science Center provides a place to explore the universe without leaving Oakland. Kids and adults alike can learn what astronauts eat on the International Space Station, learn how to tame "monster" storms in Bill Nye Climate Lab and discover the relationship between the sun, moon and stars. The museum also hosts special events that include lectures, night hikes, children's "Star Stories" and a Lego lab. Chabot Observatories offer celestial viewing day and night.

Best and worst time to go to Chabot Space & Science Center
Friday and Saturday nights, guests can check out the stars and one of the best views of the East Bay from the Observatory deck. Night viewing starts when the skies go dark and lasts until 10:30 p.m.

Must see/do at Chabot Space & Science Center
Take a gander through one of the observatory's three telescopes: Nellie, Rachel and Leah.

Admission to Chabot Space & Science Center
Adult $16; Youth (ages 3-12) $12; Seniors (65+) and Students (13-18 or with college ID) $13; Members Free.

Parking and Public Transportation Chabot Space & Science Center
Free parking at Chabot Space & Science Center. AC Transit offers limited service from Fruitvale BART to the museum.

Food at Chabot Space & Science Center
Bean Sprouts Café offers healthy sandwiches, soups and salads.

Insider tip for visitors to Chabot Space & Science Center
Extend your stay in the Oakland hills. After a full day of hands-on exhibits, take a stroll along one of the trails through adjacent Redwood Park.

Author's bio: Heather Johnson is a freelance writer living in Oakland, California.