The Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California is dedicated to inspiring and educating the community about the wonders of the Universe, space, and Planet Earth. Founded as an observatory in 1883, Chabot features an array of interactive, hands-on exhibits and displays, a digital planetarium with a large screen theater, educational workshops and classes, camps, community outreach programs, and special events throughout the year.

Set in the beautiful redwood parkland in the hills above Oakland, Chabot Space & Science Center features three state-of-the-art telescopes, named ‘Leah,' ‘Rachel,' and ‘Nellie,' which are the largest of their kind on the West Coast. The telescopes are open for the public to enjoy every week to gaze at the distant stars and planets and explore the wonders of the cosmos. The Center is named after Anthony Chabot who was known as the ‘father of hydraulic mining’ and was the benefactor of the first Oakland Observatory. Chabot Space & Science Center



The Chabot Space & Science Center features several attractions, including The Planetarium - a digital planetarium with a "full dome digital projection system" that presents daily shows, and the Tien MegaDome Theater, an IMAX-like theater with a 70-foot dome screen auditorium that also offers various shows. The Center is also home to the Challenger Learning Center, which is an immersive space mission environment where teams work together to complete a space mission, as well as plenty of evolving exhibits and displays that showcase and highlight space and science topics. Things to Do in Oakland, California: Chabot Space & Science Center - Photo: Chabot Space & Science Center

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The main attraction of the Center is the three impressive observatory telescopes, named ‘Leah,' ‘Rachel,' and ‘Nellie.' The largest of their kind on the West Coast, ‘Leah’ is a refractor telescope that was built in 1883, ‘Rachel’ is refractor telescope commissioned in 1914, and ‘Nellie’ is a reflecting telescope housed in a unique rolling roof observatory. Visitors can explore the skies during the day or night on observatory tours, which include evening, day and solar viewings. Daytime viewing visitors can observe the sky through special telescopes which see the Sun, the Moon, and Venus, while the solar viewing tours feature special solar viewing aids, including Sun-watching scopes with filters, satellite images, and movies. Some exciting things to see on the Solar viewing include living solar events such as flares, prominences, sunspots, and coronal mass ejections, that cannot be seen with the naked eye. The observatory’s viewing deck also offers breathtaking views from 1,500 feet above the Bay. Things to Do in Oakland, California: Chabot Space & Science Center - Photo: Chabot Space & Science Center

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The Chabot Space & Science Center is one of the leading centers for informal science education in the country and offers a variety of educational programs, classes, workshops, and camps in the fields of space, geology, chemistry, biology, environmental science, and climate change for all ages. The Center presents an array of opportunities to learn about science and space in fun and engaging ways from interactive online games such as Lunar Landing and Bill Nye’s Climate Lab and after school activities to corporate team building and summer camps.

Workshops and classes are offered for students and families alike and include the educational and engaging Tykes Explorers Workshops for children between the ages of two and five, Telescope Makers Workshops, which shows learners how to make their own telescope, and other award-winning Teacher Workshops and Seminars.

QuantumCamp is a fun-filled math and science camp for all ages of students from Grades 1 to 8 and includes hands-on, experiment-based activities that explore the fields of science and maths.

Tales of the Maya Skies is a digital show that explores the world of the ancient Maya. The show takes viewers back in time to the tropical jungle city of Chichén Itzá and explores how this ancient civilization learned to understand the world around them by developing a sophisticated understanding of science, math, and astronomy, much of which has had a distinct influence on learning today. Things to Do in Oakland, California: Chabot Space & Science Center - Photo: Chabot Space & Science Center

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Chabot Space & Science Center is located at 10000 Skyline Boulevard in Oakland and is open Wednesday through Sunday at various seasonal hours. Chabot has on onsite café called Bean Sprouts that serves a family-friendly menu of healthy cuisine and drinks and offers catering for special events. The Space Café is located on the main floor of the Spees Building and followed the Center’s hours. The Center also has a retail store – the Starry Nights Gift Shop, which sells an array of souvenirs, gifts, books, toys and space-related items.

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