Admission

General Admission includes: 

• Digital Dome Planetarium Shows (First come, first serve basis)
• Access to interactive exhibits 
• Access to the Observatory Complex. Day & evening Telescope Viewing is available (Weather Permitting)
• Discovery Lab (For Families w/children 5 and under)
• Free Parking

Selecting Your Shows
General Admission ticket includes all planetarium shows. We recommend arriving 10 - 20 minutes before the first show you are scheduled to see as they are first come, first serve.

Planetarium Show Information 

Group Visits (For parties of 15 or more) 

Plan Your Visit FAQ 

Special Closures

Admission Policies
• Children ages 3 -12 pay the Youth Admission price. Children under 3 are free.
• Seniors (ages 65 ) and Students (ages 13-18 or with a valid college ID) receive discounted admission. 
• Tickets must be purchased at the Box Office to redeem coupons or to receive ASTC or ACM reciprocal membership benefits.

$5 Fridays After 5pm (Select Dates)
Start your weekend early and spend your Friday night at Chabot! Explore our hands-on exhibits, take a planetarium show and gaze through the telescopes with our experts. Click Here for dates and to purchase tickets!

Summer Camp Tuition

Please complete the summer camp registration form prior to paying your tuition.

Use this form once for all your summer camp tuition payments for all participants.  Note that pricing is per week.  For example, if you have two children each attending two weeks of camp, you would need to enter a quantity of 4 for the Weekly Summer Camp Fee. 

To receive the member discount, sign in at the top using the email address affiliated with your membership.  The discount will be reflected in your final total at check out.

ElectroLaze: Legend of the Night Sky: Perseus

Hiking Programs

**Advanced reservations are encouraged as our hikes sell out quickly** 

(Walk-ups are welcome, however, space permitting)

Hike Definitions

  • Family Hikes - Easy: 1-3 miles, moderate to slow paced, some hills
  • Adult Night Hikes Moderate: 4-5 miles with some hills, at a moderate pace

For All Hikes We Recommend

  • Wear layers as the weather can change

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Water bottle

  • Flashlight for night hikes

  • Strollers and wheelchairs are not allowed

  • All minors must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or chaperone

  • No animals

  • Chabot reserves the right to cancel hikes due to low enrollment

  • No refunds or cancellations

  • In the event of severe weather or other natural conditions that prevent access reservations will be cancelled, refunded or rescheduled

Please complete our electronic waiver here: HIKING WAIVER & CONSENT FORM.

Group hikes may be scheduled through our program manager at 510.336.7329 or LHoover@chabotspace.org.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Two young explorers turn an old cardboard box into a rocket and with the help of a magical book and their vivid imaginations blast off on an awesome journey to the most amazing places in the Solar System. Gasp in amazement at the huge planet Jupiter, find out what Saturn’s rings are made of and discover the secret of the cardboard rocket. The show has been upgraded for digital full-dome systems and provides an excellent introduction to the nine planets of our Solar System. Especially for ages 5 to 10.

Running Time 30 minutes

Solar Quest

"Solar Quest" is a full dome planetarium short feature that demonstrates how the Sun and Earth are interconnected and that we are "Living with a Star".

The show discusses the impacts of space weather and how the Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field protects all life on Earth.

"Solar Quest" features the role of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and how scientists are using it as a way to help identify and predict sever space weather.

Running Time 11 minutes

Tales of the Maya Skies

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the "seventh wonder of the modern world," Mexico's Chichén Itzá. Hear the story of the ancient Maya civilization. Experience Tales of the Maya Skies, a new digital full-dome planetarium show produced by Chabot Space & Science Center. Narrated by Latin Grammy Award winner Lila Downs, Tales of the Maya Skies transports us to the jungles of Mexico, presenting the rich history and culture of the ancient Maya. Using the latest three dimensional laser scanning and advanced graphic techniques, Tales of the Maya Skies weaves together the richness of Maya culture, stories, science and contributions to our way of life.

A Chabot Space & Science Center production. Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation

Running Time 33 Minutes

Find out more about the show

Astronaut

The exploration of space is the greatest endeavor that humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner & outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Narrated by Ewan McGregor.

ASTRONAUT is produced by the National Space Centre.

Running Time 25 minutes

ElectroLaze Led Zeppelin

 

Led Zeppelin is proclaimed by many critics to be the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock, and their individualistic style reset the standards for many musical genres in the 1960s and ‘70s. Indeed, they have been hailed as one of the most successful, innovative and influential bands, alongside Pink Floyd, U2 and the Beatles. Now you can relive the magical sounds of Led Zeppelin while enjoying a visual treat of custom laser imagery.

Running time: 50 min

 

 

 

 

 

ElectroLaze Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon

 

Based on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album about humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most startling and bizarre laser light shows of all time!

The album that brought the commercial breakthrough to Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon offers a mixture of psychedelic, rock and jazz sounds. Its sonic backdrops and atmospheric soundscapes combined with a unique assortment of sound effects yield an emotional resonance. When accompanied by a diverse and unusual display of laser art, the overall feel is a dramatic and haunting atmosphere.

Running time: 40 min

 

 

 

ElectroLaze The Beatles

 

The “Fab Four’s” best 6 years provide the background for dazzling laser-art. All ages and backgrounds will appreciate this fantasy tribute of music and light to The Beatles and how they helped define a generation.

Running time: 40 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Glance: Member Telescope Viewing

Chabot Members-Only Viewing!

Each Sunday preceding the 1st quarter moon, the Eastbay Astronomical Society invites you to a special private telescope viewing. Unlike our regular viewing on Friday and Saturday evenings, EAS personalizes the experience by taking viewing requests, live interaction, and hosting tours and it's exclusively for our members!

Adult Volunteers

ElectroLaze Fright Light

 

NEW ELECTROLAZE SHOW!

 

Playing in October only!

Looking for a unique way to send chills up your spine? Do you have the courage to sit through the most terrifying and thrilling laser experience ever? Or perhaps you will keep your eyes closed and only sneak a peek at fun renditions of Thriller, Purple People Eater or The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Laser Fright Light is a ghoulish way to celebrate the Halloween season… if you dare!

Running time: 45 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LaserMania Laser Holiday

 

NEW LASERMANIA SHOW!

 

Laser Holiday-Enjoy the holidays with a dash of laser! Laser Holidays is a mix of those favorite holiday hits from all genres- syncopated beats with lasers dancing 360 degrees around our full dome planetarium. These bright lights and infectious beats give new meaning to the old holiday light shows on the lawn! 

Running time: 45 min

 

 

 

 

 

 

ElectroLaze Pink Floyd: The Wall

 

Considered to be one of the best classic rock albums of all time, The Wall is best considered as a continual story rather than a collection of individual songs. It tells the tale of a rock star named Pink and his downward spiral into madness. To the listener, and indeed many critics, The Wall is a gripping and spellbinding musical journey – beautiful, haunting, powerful and thought provoking. It is a timeless classic, and one of Pink Floyd’s best, becoming the group’s second best seller behind Dark Side of the Moon.

Running time: 35 min

 

 

 

 

First Friday Event

ElectroLaze Hypnotica

 

A mixture of techno and ambient electronic music taken directly from the late night rave scene, this show reflects influences from hip-hop, soul and pop. This dance-based show with a rock-band feel shakes your entire body with pulsing beats, incredible imagery and dazzling laser light effects.

Running time: 35 min

 

Price:

  • Members: $12 (discount applied upon checkout)
  • Guests: $14

 

 

Internal Booking

Galaxy Explorers

Admin: Location Reserved

Group Visit

Experience the wonders of the Universe at a discounted rate for groups of at least 15 people. 

Group admission includes daytime observing on the telescope deck, one show in the Planetarium or Megadome, and access to our hands-on exhibits. 

 

GROUP ADMISSIONS POLICIES:

Cancellation and Refunds: Please note that all ticket sales are final. No refunds.

Advance registration is required for groups of 30 or greater. 

For groups with visitors under 18, a chaperone ratio of one adult per five children is suggested. A minimum of one adult per ten children is required. For safety, chaperones are expected to be clearly identifiable and stay with their group at all times.  

We suggest bringing lunches for your visit, as cafe lines can be very long on busy days. Outdoor seating is available in the courtyard or you may want to lead your group pn an easy hike to a nearby picnic area. On rainy days, groups are permitted to eat in the Mezzanine or other non-exhibit areas of the museum, as directed by staff. 

Access to the Planetarium and Megadome is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Theater seating begins approximately 15 minutes prior to showtime, and late seating is not allowed. Food and beverages are not allowed in theaters. For the enjoyment of all, we ask guests to please refrain from using electronic devices during planetarium shows.

Group admission is timed and limited to 200 visitors per hour. Please arrive as close to your scheduled entry time as possible. 

Parking for buses and other large vehicles is available in our lower lot. The traffic circle is for drop-off and pick-up only. Carpooling is highly encouraged as parking is limited. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday Party

Celebrate your favorite future astronaut with a birthday party at Chabot Space & Science Center!

Our weekend Birthday Party package includes all-day admission the Center for 30 guests of any age.

The adventure includes an hour and a half in a private room followed by open-ended exploration throughout the Center. Take in a planetarium show, visit our tinkering studio and explore one of our hands- on space-themed exhibitions. Take your guests to our observation deck where you can peer through one of our high powered telescopes or discover the unexpected in the beautiful surroundings of the Redwood forest.

Party Times:

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The party room is open to hosts 15 minutes prior to start time.

Hosts and party guests are welcome to enter the Center at any time on the day of the party, but note that available storage for food, gifts, etc. is limited to the cart provided to hosts at check-in.

Prices: 

Galileo Classroom: up to 30 guests (children over 2yrs are included in the guest count)
Non-Member: $550 + refundable $100 cleaning deposit
Member: $500+ refundable $100 cleaning deposit

Kepler & Copernicus Classrooms: up to 70 (children over 2yrs are included in the guest count)
Non-Member: $850 + refundable $100 cleaning deposit
Member: $800 + refundable $100 cleaning deposit

 

Please keep in mind that the following Items are not allowed in the center or the birthday party room:

  • Heating Equipment of Any Kind
  • Helium Balloons
  • Glitter
  • Confetti
  • Alcoholic Beverages

 

For large events and after-hours rentals, please contact Events@ChabotSpace.org

 

 

 

 

 

Phantom of the Universe

Highly Mixological

A Tale of Many Moons

Slumber with the Stars, Family Overnight, 4+

Slumber with the Stars, A Father's Day Themed Overnight for the Whole Family

Spend a night under the stars for an unforgettable experience on a destination through the realms of space. Your overnight experience will include exhibit exploration, planetarium shows, special programs, hands-on activities, telescope viewing (weather permitting). It’s an experience your family will remember for a lifetime.

We require a minimum of one adult for every five youth. Minimum age of participants is 4 years old.

Your overnight experience includes: 

  • Dinner & Breakfast (includes vegetarian options)
  • Planetarium shows
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Exhibits
  • Activities
  • Telescope viewing (weather permitting) 

Admission: $85 per person (includes dinner and breakfast)

Member Discount: $10 off per member. The member discount is limited to participants from the same household.

Itinerary: 

5:00pm                 Check-in           (no early entry)   

5:25pm                 Welcome 

5:30pm-7:30pm        Dinner open 

6:00pm-9pm              Activities & Programs

7:00pm - 10pm          Planetarium shows

7:00pm - 10pm          Telescope viewing (Weather permitting)    

11:00pm                      Quiet time/Sleeping setup           

7:30am                        Breakfast  

8:30am                        Planetarium show    

10:00am                      Check-out 

 

Sleeping areas:exhibit halls, meeting rooms and the outdoor courtyard for those who wish to tent.

 

What to bring: sleeping bags, mats, toiletries, jacket, medications, tents (optional for outdoor sleeping).

Odyssey Overnight

Odyssey Overnights

Blast off into an out of this world experience exploring the outer realms of space! This program will take your group from Earth into the great unknown through workshops, activities, exhibits, telescopes and planetarium offerings.

Click here for our seasonal public Slumber with the Stars overnights.

The odyssey overnight includes: 

  • Exhibit Exploration

  • Planetarium Shows

  • Educational Program

  • Telescope viewing (Weather/availability permitting)

  • Scavenger Hunt

Availability: 5pm-10am (No early entry) 

Check-in: 5pm-5:30pm - Program starts at 5:25pm (late entry is permissible.) Please bring your electronic or paper ticket for scanning at check-in.

Minimum group size: None (If your group has less than 205 participants they will be combined with other groups.  

Maximum group size: 205

Open To: school aged children through adult 

Meals: Dinner and breakfast are included. Complete designate your meal preferences in your consent form.

Patches/Badges: Add a Chabot patch or Girl Scout badge to your order for $3 BADGES

Consent: Please complete an online consent form for every participant 10 days prior to arrival: CONSENT FORM.

CHABOT STAFF IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO SIGN OFF OF BOY/CUB SCOUT MERIT BADGE ACHIEVEMENTS  

Cancellations: Online reservations cancelled 90 days in advance or greater will receive a 100% refund less a 5% processing fee per ticket. There are no refunds, reductions or cancellations allowed for group reservation orders. Spaces will not be held without guarantee of full enrollment. Additional spaces may be added until enrollment is full.

For all other questions and concerns contact the overnight office at Overnights@ChabotSpace.org or (510) 336-7329. On overnight days we will not be accessible before 2pm.

Celestial Events

Universal

Overnight Badge

Add a patch to commemorate your overnight experience for $3. Under group information select the appropriate badge type.

Lectures and Lasers 21+

Beginners Astrophotography Class

Apollo Party 21 +

Bubblefest

Bring on the Drums: Drum Making Workshop with Microphone Mechanics